ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Revisiting Barasat

The recent gang-rape and murder of a 20-year old college girl in ­Kamduni village in Barasat, North 24-Paraganas district, West Bengal, brings bad memories.

In July 2012, a 37-year old schoolteacher, Barun Biswas, of a Barasat village, Sutia, was murdered by a criminal gang for protesting against rapes in the area. Actually, more than 80 women of different ages had fallen victim to the atrocities of a gang of criminals in Sutia. Biswas, then in his late 20s, together with a few others, formed the Sutia Pratibad Mancha, a protest forum, in 2002. The movement gradually turned into a mass movement and forced the gang leader, Sushanta Choudhury, and his associates to surrender. They are now serving life terms in prison. But in spite of the gang leaders being in police custody, Biswas was shot dead in 2012 as he stepped out of the nearby railway station on his return from school.

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