By A Newsman
Kolkata, 17 March: CPI-M’s student wing SFI has moved the West Bengal Commission for Women over alleged strip-search of four of their leaders inside Alipore Women’s Correctional Home in the city last week.
Simultaneous to this, the women MPs of CPI-M have raised the issue with the National Commission for Women in New Delhi.
On 10 March, the City Sessions Court had sent eight SFI-DYFI leaders to judicial custody at Alipore Women’s Correctional Home after they had blocked the road at Esplanade and clashed with police alleging corruption in primary teacher appointments. They were released on bail on 14 March.
According to SFI state secretary Madhuja Senroy, who was among the eight, while being sent to their designated cells at Alipore Correctional Home on 10 March, a female warden made four of them remove all their clothing but lingerie in the name of security frisking.
“The female warden dealt with us in an extremely objectionable way and passed lewd comments as well,” Senroy told reporters after submitting a memorandum to Sundanda Mukherjee, the chairperson of West Bengal Commission for Women. She was accompanied by CPI-M leader Rupa Bagchi.
“We want a through probe into this barbaric gesture and punishment for the said warden. The state Women Commission has assured us looking into this, while acting upon a representation from our women MPs, the National Women Commission chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam spoke to me over the phone and has said that an inquiry would be instituted into the incident,” Senroy added.
The incident that has come to light a week later has triggered widespread condemnation from people of all-age groups, especially the youths. Social media have been flooded with comments against this, while seeking accountability from Chief Minister Mamamata Banerjee as she also happens to be the home minister.