Incidents of molestation and sexual assault in the city and its suburbs over the past few days have raised fresh question about the security of women in public places.
Since Sunday, there have been four such incidents and four persons have been arrested so far in connection with the two cases.
Two persons, including the victim’s mother and a lawyer, were arrested on Wednesday three days after a 15-year-old girl alleged that she was held captive and repeatedly raped in the Phoolbagan area of the city. Two others were arrested late on Tuesday night for harassing a married woman in the presence of her in-laws at a metro station here.
A 25-year-old woman had jumped off a moving train in the city’s suburbs to escape sexual assault on Sunday, and two days later, a 32-year-old anchor of a television channel was allegedly harassed by a group of miscreants near Howrah station.
Many women alleged that lewd comments were directed at them by motorcycle-borne miscreants in the city streets at night.
Even foreigners working here have been victimised. On July 14, a French woman was molested after being chased by a gang of bikers in a posh locality in the south of the city.
While civil and woman rights activists have expressed concerns over the repeated incidents of sexual assault in public places, chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Women Sunanda Mukherjee said that women now are not taking these incidents lying down and are ready to fight.
“Such crimes existed in the past as well. However, in each of the cases reported recently, women who have been wronged have decided to fight, lodge complaints and see that the perpetrators are brought to the book,” Ms. Mukherjee said.