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12-year-old gangraped, murdered in Kolkata

News Agencies | Updated on: 31 August 2016, 14:39 IST

A 12-year-old girl in Kolkata was gangraped and murdered in an Ola cab by two drivers at around 5 am on Wednesday. Both miscreants have been arrested - one of them is allegedly an Ola cab driver.

The girl lived on the pavements with her family and she was allegedly picked up by the duo from Brabourne Road, Central Kolkata. She was gangraped in the car near Park Circus flyover and then strangled. Her body was then thrown off a bridge, into the Topsia canal.

According to media reports, the police are still 'ascertaining the details' of the men who committed the crime. Both were allegedly drinking in the dock area and drove to Brabourne Road, where they picked up the girl.

Significantly, the dock area, Topsia and Park Circus are all crime prone areas in the city.

This crime is yet another blot on Mamata Banerjee's government. Opposition parties have been repeatedly complaining about the deteriorating law and order situation and the National Crime Records Bureau, released on Tuesday, states that 10% of all crimes against women in the country take place in Bengal. In 2015, 1,199 cases of rape were reported.

Unfortunately, Mamata Banerjee has often dismissed claims of rape as conspiracies. The question is - how long can she live in denial of the rising crimes against women in her state?

First published: 31 August 2016, 14:39 IST