Mamata govt wants ‘speedy’ trial in rape case

Chief secretary of the state government, Sanjay Mitra, said this on Thursday at Nabanna in the context of the death of a 16-year-old girl from Madhyamgram who was gang-raped twice and had reportedly set herself ablaze.

Mitra said that all accused against whom there were allegations have been arrested. ‘We are committed to zero tolerance for sexual violence. Scientific analysis and urgent steps are taken in such cases, so that culprits can be punished quickly,’ he said. He condemned politics by the Opposition parties over the dead body and claimed that the state government had fully cooperated with the bereaved family. ‘The police and state government fully cooperated with the victim’s family. We have provided the family with all kinds of cooperation and help it had asked for, including cremation of the deceased,’ he said.

Talking about justice for the victims of violence, he said, ‘An example is Hematabad in North Dinajpur, where the culprits were punished within one and a half years.’

Mitra, without naming the Left leadership, criticised them for wanting to take out a procession with the body. ‘The government is with the bereaved family. However, at this point, I would wish to strongly deplore the tendency to create politics over a dead body,’ he said. The family of the deceased also met the Governor M K Narayanan and demanded justice for the rape victim.
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