Kolkata: Amid reports of growing number of rape cases in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday assured a delegation of the National Commission for Women that all cases referred by it would be investigated. (Agencies)
"The chief minister has assured that neutral investigation will be made by her government in all the cases referred by the NCW," said Anita Agnihotri, NCW member-secretary.
Asked to comment on Banerjee's remark on the recent Park Street rape case which she had said was fabricated, Agnihotri, who led the delegation, said, "NCW is concerned about the general situation in the country. This could be particularly difficult if these comments are there.
"They said there could be comments here and there. But this is not going to affect the course of investigation in any manner which I think is very reassuring," she said after the meeting which was also attended by chief secretary Samar Ghosh and other government officials.
Asked whether the NCW visit was intended to create pressure on the state government to act in the face of rising incidents of crime against women in the state, she said,
"Creating pressure on the government is not the mandate. Of course we are concerned and that is why we have come all the way, otherwise we would not be here." Stating that NCW had taken cognisance of crimes against women in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Agnihotri said,
"The visit to West Bengal should not be seen that it was targeted by us. There is no question of putting pressure on the state government here. My mandate is limited."
Asked whether NCW found the situation in West Bengal worse than Jharkhand, Orissa and Rajasthan where its delegation had visited earlier, she said, "It cannot be compared this way nor is it proper to take it to the level of comparison."
Stating that all the aspects of recent developments were discussed with the chief secretary, she said, "I think the positive message we have got is from where we have to build up."
Agnihotri said she was also told that investigations were being carried out in most of the cases.
"They assured us that they will try their best," she said, adding that NCW was expected to submit its recommendations to the state government within 15 days.
She said NCW would meet members of the West Bengal Commission for Women on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister had also denied reports of a widow's rape in Katwa area in Burdwan district, terming it as being "cooked up".
Kolkata: Amid reports of growing number of rape cases in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday assured a delegation of the National Commission for Women that all cases referred by it would be investigated.