Kolkata: Expressing grave concern over recent rape cases that hit the headlines in the state last month, the West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan condemned the politics being played over such incidents.

When asked about the incidents of rape at Park Street here, Baranagar in North 24 Parganas, Katwa in Burdwan district and at Bankura last month, Narayanan said, ”It is the duty of all of us to protect women and children rather than sensationalising it," 

“In order to prohibit such incidents everyone has to make effort in this direction,” said Narayanan while attending a programme of Kolkata University. Speaking to the reporters, the Governor said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is highly concerned over the spate of incidents in the recent past.

“The CM is making concerted efforts to maintain law and order in the state. She has said that Kolkata used to be one of the safest places in the country but the recent rape incidents are distressing,” said Naryanan.
Asked about the assault on journalists here during the general strike on February 28, the Governor disapproved of it saying, "Journalists should not be beaten. I mean nobody should be beaten. Be it on a bandh day or any other day.”

"I don't put journalists in any different category. It is a free country and people are entitled to perform their duty," he said.