QKolkata: Rejected Man Kidnaps Woman; Self-Defence for Girls
Here are the top stories from Kolkata today.
1. Woman Held Hostage for Spurning Random Man
A 21-year-old college student who had refused to marry an unemployed suitor was allegedly waylaid, abducted and held hostage for a night in an attempt to intimidate her into giving in.
The woman returned home on Sunday morning, apparently unharmed but so traumatised by the incident that she could barely give a statement until several hours later.
The main accused in the abduction is Prasen Rong, a local man who had allegedly visited the woman's home before to threaten her family with "consequences" if she did not marry him.
2. Parents' Forum Demand Independent Inquiry Into Molestation Case
A forum of guardians of children studying in various schools on Sunday submitted a memorandum at Tollygunge police station for an "independent inquiry" into allegations of "aggravated sexual assault" on a Class II girl by a dance teacher in a Deshapriya Park school.
The United Guardians Association took the step a day after a group of parents met officials of the school to demand a string of safety measures on the campus.
3. KMC Gropes in the Dark on Enteric Disease
More than 36 hours after an enteric disease gripped large parts of southern fringes, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) officials are groping in the dark about the origin of the disease.
On Sunday, 10 patients with the symptoms of diarrhoea were admitted at the Baghajatiinstate general hospital. In the wake of a fresh outbreak, the civic authorities had decided to open all its ward health units in the affected areas including Baghajatin, Jadavpur, Patuli, Kasba, Garfa, and Santoshpur. More than a hundred patients visited these health clinics during the day.
4. Another School, Another Molestation Complaint, 1 Held
Sexual assault charges by a girl student have rocked yet another south Kolkata school campus, leading to the arrest of a school staffer, with the two incidents being separated by barely 1.5km and a few hours.
A Class IX student of a prominent Bengali-medium school accused a non-teaching staff of molesting her inside a classroom in the presence of three other girls when most of their classmates had gone to attend a sports trial. The incident took place on Thursday afternoon and cops arrested Moloy Barua (38) from his residence at 8:30 pm on Friday, within hours of the girl's parents lodging the complaint. Barua was remanded in police custody till 12 February.
5. Soon, Self-Defence Lessons to Help Kolkata Girls Kick Harassers Away
South Dum Dum municipality will soon become the first civic body in the state, and possibly the country, to set up a self-defence academy to train schoolgirls in martial arts like karate, judo and taekwondo. The move, said sources, would help young women tackle the growing menace of harassment in everyday life.
Civic officials said the municipality's sports and youth affairs department runs a three-storeyed complex at Kalindi — the South Dum Dum Municipal Sports Academy — where football and chess training is given. The self-defence centre will be set up there.
6. Boy Injured in Explosion at Abandoned Hostel of City College
A 14-year-old boy was critically injured when the object with which he was playing inside an abandoned hostel of a college here exploded on Sunday, police said.
Rintu Shaw was taken to the Calcutta Medical College Hospital when the round-shaped object he was playing with exploded inside the abandoned hostel of City College on Amherst Street at around 9:40 am, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.
7. Diarrhoea Cases on the Rise
Fresh cases of diarrhoea were reported from six wards in Jadavpur, Patuli and Kasba on Sunday, taking the total number of patients over two days to nearly 1,500.
About 700 new patients were treated on Sunday. All the patients had complaints of loose motion and vomiting. At least 17 people were admitted to Baghajatin State General Hospital on Saturday with diarrhoea and close to 700 people were down with symptoms of the disease in wards 101, 102, 107, 108, 109 and 110 of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC).
The civic authorities are yet to find the cause of the outbreak.
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