Park St case was not rape: TMC MP
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar on Friday triggered a fresh controversy when she said the infamous Park Street rape case in West Bengal was not a 'rape case' but a 'misunderstanding between the lady and her client', doubting the victim's character.
"If you're referring to the Park Street rape, see that is a different case altogether that was not at all a rape case. It was a misunderstanding between the two parties involved between a lady and her client. This was not a rape," Dastidar told CNN-IBN.
She made the comment while reacting to Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader and former minister of the Left Front government Anisur Rehman's 'rape' remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Rehman sparked a controversy and embarrassed his party as he mocked the TMC government's decision to compensate rape victims by paying Rs 20,000.
Meanwhile, the Park Street rape victim said it was 'shameful' that a woman made such a remark on the issue.
Reacting to Dastidar's remarks, the victim told CNN-IBN: "They cannot change the fact that I was raped on that day."
"Don't use us to do politics," she said.
The West Bengal government and the police were under pressure with a number of rape cases being reported from across the state this year, the most infamous of them being the Park Street rape case.
The 37-year-old mother of two, belonging to the Anglo-Indian community, had said that she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside a moving car after she was given a lift in the vehicle from Park Street area in Kolkata on the Feb 5-6 night this year.
However, Mamata had said that a billowing controversy over the rape and alleged police insensitivity to the incident was a conspiracy fabricated to malign her government.