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West Bengal: Mob assaults mentally-ill woman, suspecting her to be child-lifter

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Jalpaiguri, West Bengal: A mentally ill tribal woman was beaten brutally by a mob on suspicion of being a child-lifter in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Monday, said police. A suo motu case has been registered by under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (attempt to murder). However, no arrests have been made yet.

The police informed that the woman is in her mid-forties and is a resident of Hooghly. The victim had come to the Jalpaiguri district by train from where she reached Barogharia by foot. She woman was facing trouble in her marriage due to her condition, they added.

The police officer said, “She is mentally ill. So far, she has revealed that her husband had shaved her hair. She was not properly dressed. While she was roaming the streets, someone suddenly called her a child-lifter and soon, a mob of about 30 people surrounded her and she was brutally beaten up,” adding that they rushed to the spot to rescue the woman after being informed by a local resident.

“It is so unfortunate that people nowadays target the weak to vent their frustration”. The woman has received stitches on her head. She could only tell us her address; we have informed the local police there. We will also record her statement before a magistrate,” the officer added.

Superintendent of Police, Jalpaiguri, Amitava Maity, said, “We are investigating the incident and have taken the woman into our custody.”

Meanwhile, the police force has been deployed in the area. Police are trying to trace the accused using photos and videos gathered from local residents.

In August 2017, a similar incident had taken place in Dhupguri. Two persons suspected to be cattle thieves were lynched by villagers.

“In the last one year, more than 150 programmes have been organised to make people aware against mob lynching. However, people still believe rumours,” said a police officer.


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