Krishnagar, June 13: A woman and her 22-year-old daughter-in-law were allegedly raped in their Nadia home late on Monday night by four youths who also burnt down their house when they came to know that the elderly lady had approached police.
The 45-year-old housewife, a resident of Gandharvapur village in Krishnagunj, alleged the local police initially refused to accept her FIR but relented after a prod from the deputy superintendent.
“The woman told us that the youths used to regularly drink liquor and smoke ganja in the courtyard of a temple opposite her home. She said she had recently protested against their drunken capers,” a police officer said.
The youths barged into the women’s house on Monday night after a kirtan session in the village and beat up the elderly lady’s husband. While two of the youths held her husband, the other two allegedly raped the women,” the officer added.
The daughter-in-law, who has two little children, said: “My husband was not at home. He works at a sweet shop and returns around 1.30am. We were preparing to go to sleep when the youths came around midnight. They raped me and my mother-in-law.”
Her husband alleged that after his mother went to lodge the police complaint, the youths set their house ablaze. “We had to spend last night in the open. None of our neighbours came forward to help us, fearing attacks from the youths,” the sweet-shop worker said.
The elderly woman alleged the officers at the Krishnagunj police station refused to take her complaint when she went there early yesterday. Today, the woman and her husband, a small farmer, approached the deputy superintendent of police (headquarters), Dibyajyoti Das, in Krishnagar. The local police station took the FIR following Das’s instructions.
District police chief S.R. Mishra said an inquiry would be started against the duty officer of the police station. “Action will be taken against him if he is found guilty.”
Another officer said the lady had named local youths Swapan Ghosh, Dilip Ghosh, Indrajit Ghosh and Prosen Ghosh in the FIR. The four are absconding.
Mishra said a medical test was done on the women this evening to confirm if they were raped.