NCW Accuses TMC of Coercing Women to Withdraw Sexual Assault Complaints in West Bengal

NCW accuses TMC of forcing women in Sandeshkhali to withdraw sexual harassment complaints against Sheikh Shahjahan. TMC denies allegations, claims NCW chief is coercing women to file false rape cases.

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NCW Accuses TMC of Coercing Women to Withdraw Sexual Assault Complaints in West Bengal

NCW Accuses TMC of Coercing Women to Withdraw Sexual Assault Complaints in West Bengal

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of forcing women in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal, to withdraw their sexual harassment complaints against Sheikh Shahjahan, a key accused in the Sandeshkhali incident. NCW chief Rekha Sharma wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday, alleging that TMC workers are instilling fear among the women to suppress their complaints, potentially impacting the fairness of the election process in the area.

Why this matters: The allegations of sexual exploitation and coercion of women in Sandeshkhali have significant implications for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, as they raise questions about the integrity of the electoral process and the accountability of political parties. Moreover, the incident highlights the ongoing struggle for women's rights and safety in India, and the need for stronger mechanisms to protect victims of sexual harassment and assault.

The Sandeshkhali incident, which hit national headlines a few months ago, involves allegations of TMC leaders grabbing land from the poor and sexually exploitingvswomen in the Sunderbans region. The incident has significant electoral stakes for both the BJP and TMC in the Basirhat parliamentary constituency. Sharma expressed concern that the women who were victims of sexual assault by Shahjahan's men are being forced to withdraw their complaints. She requested the ECI to ensure that women are not compelled to withdraw their complaints due to threats from TMC workers.

However, the TMC has accused the NCW chief of coaxing women into filing false rape cases in Sandeshkhali. A video surfaced showing a woman claiming to be from Sandeshkhali alleging that two BJP women leaders, Mampi Das and Piyali Das, had forced her to sign on a blank paper, which was then converted into a rape complaint. The TMC has written to the EC seeking action against Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, for fabricating rape allegations against TMC leaders.

West Bengal minister and senior TMC leader Shashi Panja stated, "When the so-called Sandeskhali issue happened, the BJP's scripted drama came to light. The commissions have allied with the BJP and have become extensions of the party when they are supposed to be apolitical." The TMC plans to approach the EC against Sharma for being one of the major conspirators in president.

The NCW had visited Sandeshkhali earlier this year, which had hit the headlines in February after massive protests against TMC strongman Shahjahan Sheikh and his aides, who were accused of land grab and sexual harassment. The NCW recommended the imposition of political, may, move Rule in Bengal. BJP MP Samik Bhattacharya hit out at TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, saying the TMC has stooped to a new low in politics.

Meanwhile, three women constables have been deployed to protect the family of a complainant who withdrew her rape complaint against Sheikh Shahjahan. The family claimed that they were made to sign a blank paper, which was later used to register a rape case. They have filed a complaint against BJP leader Priyali Das, who allegedly threatened to demolish their house and get the complainant killed.

The allegations of sexual exploitation emerged in Sandeshkhali, an island housing a village in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency. With the Lok Sabha elections approaching, the Sandeshkhali incident has become aamong, women, address, matter, priorityflashpoint between the BJP and TMC. As the controversy continues, the truth behind the sexual assault allegations and the political motivations at play remain to be uncovered.

The allegations of sexual exploitation emerged in Sandeshkhali, an island housing a village in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency. With the Lok Sabha elections approaching, the Sandeshkhali incident has become apolitics, issueflashpoint between the BJP and TMC. As the controversy continues, the truth behind the sexual assault allegations and the political motivations at play remain to be uncovered.