Crime against women has become the latest fad in Bengal; whether it is the infamous Park Street case episode in Kolkata or the gang rape and murder of a teenager in Madhyamgram of late, the saga continues. Fate of culprits in these cases is now shared by Sheikh Moti. He has been arrested on January 3, 2014 from the village of Khaitan in Dubrajpur for raping a five-year old girl in Suri, Birbhum on last Tuesday. It has been learnt, he has been sent to jail custody for 14 days.
The dreadful incident occurred on last Tuesday when Laxmi Majhi (named changed) was playing with her friends in the courtyard of Hemanta Mahara in Saddipara in Ward no. 12 in the town of Suri within the district of Birbhum. The culprit who lives in Rutipara visited Hemanta’s residence on that day. While he was talking to Hemanta, Moti saw Laxmi and allegedly dragged her into Hemanta’s residence and raped her. Locals affirm that Hemanta and his wife’s silence incited him to go on with the heinous crime. When Laxmi, at night, informed her father that she was ailing, she was taken to a gynecologist and then to the Suri hospital. After a thorough medical examination there, it was confirmed that she had been raped. Laxmi’s father filed an official complaint against Sheikh Moti to rape Laxmi and also against Hemanta Mahara and Rekha Mahara (his wife) for abetting the crime.
Perhaps as part of a custom, police here also, locals allege, remained laid-back in the beginning and only a furious civil movement compelled it to act fast and nab Sheikh Moti finally. But the absconding couple including Hemanta and his wife is yet to be found.