Park St case was not rape: TMC MP

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 12:07 hrs

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 28 (IBNS): 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.

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