Kolkata Rape Victims Find a Police Officer Who’s on Their Side

KOLKATA, India — After his 16-year-old daughter was gang-raped twice in their Madhyamgram neighborhood in north Kolkata in October, then set on fire, allegedly by associates of her rapists, Rama Shankar Jha was distraught.

His daughter died of her burns in a Kolkata hospital in December, and he petitioned the Calcutta High Court to bring in the Central Bureau of Investigation because he said the local police had refused to help, instead telling him to go back to Bihar, his home state.

Mr. Jha said the family was forced to flee Madhyamgram after receiving threats from the rapists, who then tracked them down in the Dumdum area north of Kolkata and began threatening them again. As word of the rape case spread through the neighborhood, the Jhas’ new landlady asked them to move out.


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