Maitree Press Release and Programme over Death of Rajib Das


16th February 2011

MAITREE – a West Bengal based network of Women’s Rights Organizations and individual Women’s Rights activists - extends its sincere condolences to Rinku Das and her family at this time of great loss. We strongly condemn the role of the administration in the horrific incident of eve-teasing and murder that took place in Barasat on the night of 14th February, 2011. We  deeply mourn the death of Rajib Das – a 16-year old boy who was supposed to appear in the Madhyamik Examinations in a few days time.
We are shocked at the degree of indifference with which the police personnel/security guards on duty in front of the bungalows of the DM (District Magistrate – North 24 Parganas) and the SP (Superintendent of Police - North 24 Parganas) could react to the desperate pleas of Rinku Das. For the umpteenth time this incident has exposed the failure of the administration in providing safe mobility for its female citizens at all hours.

We also strongly condemn the reaction of the Chairperson of Barasat Municipality to the incident and would like to point out that ensuring the safety and security of all citizens is the responsibility of the administration and cannot be left upon the fate of an individual.

In reaction to this incident we demand:

• The immediate arrest of the offenders
• The administration to take measures to ensure safe mobility for women at all hours
• The administration to offer whatever support the family of the deceased needs

We would like to bring to your notice that MAITREE is organizing a protest meeting at 4 pm today (16th February, 2011) at the Hazra Crossing in reaction to the incident. We request you to join us and call upon all responsible media houses to cover the meeting and thus help in building up sustained pressure on the administration to ensure that justice is delivered to the family of the deceased.