Extortion, rape: Shocking Bengal case indicates patriarchy’s power

In India, crime is a way of life.

“A woman in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district has accused a Trinamool Congress panchayat member and his aides of raping her when she demanded a return of the ‘cut money’ he took. She alleged that the leader had promised her a house under the Gitanjali Awas Yojana, providing free shelter for the poor, and taken Rs 7,000 as his ‘cut’. The National Commission of Women has asked the West Bengal DGP to immediately intervene”.