India’s Sons Need to Change: In Tripura, 7 Teens Gang-rape 8-Year-Old Girl

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India’s Sons Need to Change: In Tripura, 7 Teens Gang-rape 8-Year-Old Girl

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

Is India really no country for women? This question keeps rearing its head every other day. Now in a shocking incident from Tripura, seven teenage boys allegedly raped an eight-year-old after inviting her to play hide-and-seek with them.

The incident took place in West Tripura’s Tabaria district. Six boys have been arrested and one is absconding.

The girl, who is a Class 3 student, narrated the incident to her parents after returning home. The accused were known to the girl and thus arrested after the complaint was filed on Saturday. Four boys were sent to a juvenile home whereas two others, who are around 12 years old, were hospitalised, as they tested positive for the coronavirus.

“According to the complaint lodged by the victim’s father, the boys called her to play hide-and-seek with them and then raped her. The incident took place on Friday. A total of seven persons were named in the FIR. We have arrested six of them while one is absconding,” sub-divisional police officer of New Capital Complex, Priya Madhuri Majumder, said.

A couple of weeks back, a CRPF jawan had been charged with allegedly raping a minor in the Kailasahar village in Unakoti district of Tripura. The 17-year-old claimed in her complaint that the CRPF jawan, also her neighbour, raped her repeatedly for nearly seven months. She became pregnant but the accused denied the fact, she further said.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old-girl was gang raped by five men in the Khowai district. Police arrested 10 accused in the case. Of them, three have been arrested for violating the girl and the rest were nabbed for abetting the crime and sheltering the accused.

Within days, a housewife from Karailongpara village filed a complaint of molestation and rape against a 21-year-old youth of the area. These series of incidents triggered massive online protests online. The students in Tripura started a “Stand Against Rape” campaign urging people to raise their voice against increasing crimes against women in the state.

Asmira Debbarma, a postgraduate student of Political Science at Tripura University, started a social media agitation demanding capital punishment for the accused. In one of the posts by her group that went viral, she said “We demand the state government to deliver justice to the girl. Not only jail, we demand the death sentence. This case can’t run for 5-10 years. We want fast disposal of the case.”

While we fight the coronavirus with all our might, this is another pandemic existing in our society that we need to rid ourselves of to ensure an inclusive future for all our citizens.