This month, a young girl in Odisha breathed her last after being burned alive by two young men who had earlier harassed her while she was coming back from school. And on Monday night, a 32-year-old woman was allegedly molested and her resistance led her to being pushed off a moving train near Haroa Station on the Sealdah-Hasnabad line.
The woman, who is undergoing treatment, has incurred several fractures and serious injuries on her head and shoulder. She is still in a critical condition as she lay unconscious for over seven hours in a paddy field beside the railway tracks. Some local residents rushed her to the nearest hospital after spotting her on Tuesday morning.
Currently being treated in Barasat district hospital, the woman had to undergo surgery on both her legs. As per the doctors’ suggestion, a CT scan was also conducted. Almost two days after the incident, the police are yet to track down the perpetrators of this horrific incident.
The woman is an ayah associated with a Ballygunge-based centre in Kolkata and a resident of Mathurapur in South 24-Parganas.
According to a Times of India report, the woman narrated the traumatic incident to the police and her rescuers, saying, “I boarded the Hasnabad local from Basirhat station around 9.40pm on Monday. Nearly 30 minutes after arriving at Haroa station, most of the passengers got off the compartment. As the train left Haroa station and I left my seat, the youths sitting in a corner made an indecent proposal. While I opposed them, they tried to molest me. Though I cried out, there was nobody to help me. Then I desperately tried to fight them and they pushed me off the running train.”
The woman was in a ladies’ compartment, but Barasat GRP OC, Dipak Pyne, claimed that in the Hasnabad local train, there were railway police personnel in both the women’s compartments. “We found several inconsistencies in her initial statements. We have already initiated a suo moto case,” he said.