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W. Bengal Gang Rape & Murder: Women's organisations hold Mamta Banerjee-led government responsible; President Mukherjee assures help
The family of the 16-year old girl who was gang raped and allegedly murdered in Madhyamgram in 24 North Parganas district nearby Kolkata, met President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday seeking a CBI probe into the case. The family has been assured help from the president.

“We have been given assurances, we are going back with assurance,” said the victims family.

The family has also filed a petition before the Calcutta High Court, stating that West Bengal police has not investigated the case properly and also did not provide security to the family.

The All India Democratic Women's Association's (AIDWA) Secretary General Sudha Sundararaman holds Chief Minister of West Bengal and the state Police responsible for the death of the teenager.

She said, “If the police would had taken appropriate action during the first time when the girl was gang raped, and if the accused had been arrested and proper legal action had been taken as per the law, then this whole situation could have been avoided. But because the accused were linked to the TMC, therefore the action was not taken, and it has led to this terrible situation, where the girl was burnt alive.”

She also demanded for an impartial inquiry in this case, and also asked for a severe action against the culprits. She also added, “All the police officials, who have been guilty of their negligence of duty, they have to be punished.”

Sundararaman asked the government to provide protection to the family members of the victim, as they are living in fear, as to what is going to happen to them tomorrow. She also asked for medical assistance and counseling to the victim's family.

The National Commission for Women (NCW), chairperson, Mamta Sharma has assured immediate intervention in the matter, while extending its support to the family. A delegation of NCW would visit West Bengal along with other women’s organizations to take cognizance of the situation there. NCW will do all that’s possible within its powers to ensure that justice is done.

The victim has died on 31 December 2013, with burn injuries after she was allegedly set on fire by the rapists. The doctors also said that the teenager was pregnant at the time of her death. The death of the girl has sparked outrage in the city with the family of the victim alleging that they are no longer feeling safe in Kolkata.

Kavita Krishnan, a human rights activist was unhappy with the state government's approach on this case. She said, “The state government has created a weak case to save the perpetrators involved in this case.” She also demanded a strict action against the police and the hospital authority, as they tried to cover this case.

Six men are believed to have raped the teenager on October 25. Two accused namely Ratan Sil and Minta Sil, who were the landlords of the victim's family, two days later raped the girl again for registering complaint.

Both have been charged with rape and murder now. Reportedly the accused constantly pressurized the victim's family to withdraw the complaint, and ultimately on December 23 they set on fire the 16-year old victim.

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