Sandeshkhali woman recants rape complaint against TMC men, accuses BJP of coercion

The incident has ignited a political firestorm, with the TMC accusing BJP leaders of intimidating women in Sandeshkhali who expressed their intention to retract rape complaints.

In a surprising turn of events in Sandeshkhali, a woman has withdrawn her rape complaint against Trinamool Congress (TMC) members, alleging that she was pressured by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to sign blank papers that were later used to file the false accusation.

The woman, whose identity remains undisclosed, lodged a fresh complaint at the Sandeshkhali police station, citing threats and social ostracism following her decision to retract the allegations.

The incident has ignited a political firestorm, with the TMC accusing BJP leaders of intimidating women in Sandeshkhali who expressed their intention to retract rape complaints. TMC Minister Shashi Panja, in a press conference in Kolkata, presented a video where a woman claimed she was coerced into filing a rape complaint against her will.

The woman alleged that she had initially sought to report non-payment of dues but was manipulated into signing a blank paper by local BJP workers, Mampi Das and Piyali Das, which was later twisted into a rape accusation.

In response to these allegations, BJP MP Samik Bhattacharya refuted the claims, asserting that the BJP upholds women’s rights and has no involvement in pressuring the women of Sandeshkhali. He criticized the TMC for making unfounded accusations, attributing their actions to the fear of losing the upcoming elections amidst the chaos caused by TMC strongman Shahjahan Sheikh and his associates in Sandeshkhali.

Background of the Case

The Sandeshkhali region has been embroiled in a series of controversies, including allegations of land grabbing and sexual harassment involving TMC members. The area has witnessed a power struggle between the TMC and BJP, with both parties vying for dominance in the region.

The recent incident of the woman withdrawing her rape complaint sheds light on the complex dynamics at play in Sandeshkhali, where political affiliations often intersect with personal grievances and legal matters.

The woman’s decision to retract her accusation raises questions about the authenticity of the claims made against the TMC members and the influence of political forces on such sensitive issues. As the investigation progresses, the Sandeshkhali case serves as a stark reminder of the intricate interplay between politics, justice, and individual rights in a region marked by political turmoil and social unrest.