Saturday, July 24, 2010

Women Protest Against Maoists

From the Hindustan Times:

Coming out in protest for the first time, thousands of tribal women in Maoist-affected Jhargram in West Bengal's West Midnapore district on Friday held a demonstration against a rebel-led tribal group for forcing them to join their agitations. The women also formed a committee to resist the
alleged torture of them by members of the Peoples' Committee Against Police Atrocities' (PCAPA).

Thousands of women from Radhanagar, Saktinagar, Gaighata villages of Jhargram held aloft sticks and brooms during their procession to oppose the PCAPA's diktat of joining their procession at gun point.

Sabitri Mahato, a housewife of Radhanagar village, said, "On Thursday night about 20 PCAPA members backed by the Maoists equipped with arms and bombs assembled at Radhanagar school playground and ordered us to join their procession to be held at Jhargram. When we opposed them, they started to beat us."

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