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Wife's honesty sends husband behind bars
Meena Patra has enough reason to be honoured as a rare Indian lady who has helped CID to arrest her husband on the charge of leaking WBJEE question paper. She had done it because she felt that every crime should be punished.
HATS OFF to Meena Patra. A married lady in her early 30s of Konnagar, Hooghly district, West Bengal. Hats off, because she has helped police to arrest her husband Manas Patra who was detected to leak out question papers for West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE). The examination, which was scheduled to be held on April 20, is now postponed till May 24 due to Manas’s crime.


On April 19, when CID officers invaded her Konnagar home, Meena was unaware of the crime her husband had done. She could not believe that Manas, a proof reader in Saraswati Press, a government of West Bengal organisation, could leak out WBJEE question papers. She was startled as her husband was not at home. He was out of station.


Meena, however, asked for some time from the CID to confirm the crime and promised that she would surely help police to arrest Manas if her husband was really involved in the crime.


Meena came to know later that her husband had gone to his paternal house at Ghatal, Midnapore. She left for Ghatal next day. In front of Meena and other family members, Manas confirmed that he had leaked out the WBJEE question papers. She convinced her husband to surrender before the CID.


On April 23, she accompanied her husband from Midnapore to Howrah by private bus. Meanwhile, she called the CID officers. Before reaching Howrah bus stand, CID officers sneaked into the bus and arrested Manas.


Meena has admitted before the CID officers that it was she who wanted her husband to surrender because her husband had done a crime. She also admitted that she was well aware that for the crime, her husband would be suspended from the job and after it is proved in the court of law, he may lose the secured government service.


Reportedly, Meena has disclosed that her in-laws also wanted Manas to surrender, despite knowing that his bank accounts would be seized and the family would have to face a serious challenge. “Every crime should be punished. A criminal should be punished, come whatever may,” she said with conviction.


Manas is a post graduate diploma holder in printing technology from Jadavpur University. He was employed in the technical section of Saraswati Press where all confidential state government documents are printed.


A few years back, Manas met an accident in the press itself and lost three fingers of his left arm. On considerable grounds, he was transferred in the confidential section as a proof reader. Since the accident, he used to bandage his left arm.


CID sources confirmed that Manas first photocopied the WBJEE question papers and then successfully hid those under the bandage. He supplied the question papers to his cousin brother, Arun Chowdhury, a lawyer in Ghatal to sell the question papers to some prospective WBJEE examinees and local coaching centers.


CID sneaked the matter from confidential sources from Ghatal and started investigation. Manas absconded when he came to know from TV news that WBJEE has been postponed as the question papers had been leaked.


Last year also, Manas operated in the same way and had earned lakhs of rupees. CID has confirmed the name of the students to whom the question papers had been sold. They are now studying in different engineering colleges.


While the crime has uncovered the scandals inside a state government organisation, the act of Meena opens up a new horizon of honesty and credibility.


Meena has nothing to claim extraordinary. She is a simple housewife, leading a very middle class family life. Knowing that the crime of her husband will be severely punished and her future will face a serious challenge, she did not hide the truth and kept her promises. The fact does not match with usual practices, where wives always stand behind their husbands and hide them from getting punishment. And as such, Meena must be considered a rare woman. She has made the Indian women proud by showing and proving honesty and integrity. She has established an example in the Indian society, which is allegedly corrupt, dishonest and scandalous.
In Ramayana, Sita had spent 14 years in jungles with her husband Ramchandra only to pay honour to her husband, who accepted the punishment to honour his father Dasharatha’s promises. Meena is not Sita but she is ready to pay for her husband’s crime.


But is the society ready to pay honour for her honesty? Shouldn’t we bow down our heads at least for once to honour her dignity?
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