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Sandeshkhali case: Woman withdraws rape charges against TMC men, says, ‘BJP forced me’

One of the three women from West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali village who had accused functionaries of the Trinamool Congress of rape withdrew her complaint on Wednesday.

She alleged that a worker from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s women’s wing and other party workers had visited her home and forced her to sign a blank paper.

The woman stated that the rape complaint was false. She also filed another complaint at the Sandeshkhali police station, claiming that she had been threatened after her decision to withdraw the complaint.

“They asked for my signature on the pretext of enlisting my name for PMAY [Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme]. Later, they took me to the police station to lodge a complaint of sexual abuse,” the woman said to Times of India.

She also allegedly that the community had ostracised her at the behest of the BJP workers. “We are feeling unsafe, and I have sought police help,” she said.

On Saturday, the Trinamool Congress released a video purportedly showing a BJP leader alleging that the sexual harassment complaints against the Trinamool Congress functionaries were filed at the behest of Suvendu Adhikari, BJP leader.

“We got it done [complaints of sexual harassment in Sandeshkhali] as per instructions of Suvendu da [Suvendu Adhikari], he helped us. Suvendu da said if you do not do this, then you would not be able to get the strong people arrested and sustain yourself,” in the video, BJP’s Sandeshkhali unit chief Gangadhar Kayl, or Koyal, can be heard saying.

Adhikari had “confessed” on camera that the allegations of sexual abuse in Sandeshkhali were false, TMC told the panel.

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