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BGP and NGOs submit deputation on Teesta rape case

PRADIP LOHAGUN
KALIMPONG : The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisang convened a meeting with various NGOs and noted public figures on the Teesta rape case and have submitted a deputation regarding the same to the Sub-Divisional office in Kalimpong. Representatives from NGOs including Kalimpong Farmer’s Welfare Association, Gorkha Dukh Niwarak Sammelan, Kalimpong Conservation Committee and Hill Social Welfare Society among others participated in the meeting. Condemning the incident, BGP’s president Dr. Anos Das Pradhan demanded for strict investigation into the matter and to give the most stringent punishment for the culprit. He informed the organisation will also seek the condition of the victim from the hospital. He also demanded justice for the murder of Gina Pradhan a few years back and warned the case should not be closed until the investigation reached a conclusion.

Meanwhile, the Hill TMC’s women wing have strongly condemned the incident and said it has disgraced the entire hill community. Similarly, the GJM’s women wing has also condemned the incident and demanded strict action against the culprit. Further, Child Protection Mission’s sister Suvashna Thapa has also condemned the incident by calling it inhumane and unfortunate. She said the people who have come out on the street to protest against the incident proves the magnitude of the incident. All India Women’s conference members also met the deputy magistrate in Kalimpong today and submitted a deputation demanding quick and stringent punishment for the accused. Notably, on April 17 a 3-year old minor girl was brutally raped by a youth Sunil Rai at Gaphur Village in Teesta. Rai has been arrested by the police and is in their custody. The incident immediately created uproar among the locals of Teesta, who came out to the street and held rallies and dharnas to protest. As the news spread, the people across the hills started participating in protest rallies condemning the rape of a minor.
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