Sexual harassment case filed against Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh
West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh has been booked under IPC sections 354 A (sexual harassment), 509 (insult to modesty of women), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).
Motormouth West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh landed in trouble once again as police on Friday registered a sexual harassment case against him. This comes on heels of a controversial remark of Ghosh, when he reacted to the news of BJP supporters heckling and tearing off a anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) poster of a female student saying "she should thank her lucky stars that only the poster was torn and nothing else."
The incident took place on Thursday at a BJP rally from Patuli to Baghajatin area of Kolkata, where Sanskrit College student Sudeshna Dattagupta held up a 'No NRC, No CAA, No NPR' poster asking Dilip Ghosh to go back. This did not sit well with the BJP supporters present. According to Sudeshna, after spotting her a group of BJP supporters gathered around her and started abusing her. Then, she says, her poster was taken by force and torn by the same BJP supporters. One person even got close to her and shouted 'Jai Shree Ram' in her ears. At this point the police intervened and escorted off the student.
This incident and the subsequent reaction from the Bengal BJP chief has faced massive backlash from BJP's rival parties. Dilip Ghosh had said “Our men did the right thing… Why do they (anti-CAA protesters) always come to our rallies to protest? We have tolerated enough. Now, we will not tolerate anymore.”
The heckling and the problematic comments did not stop Duttagupta from filing the complaint though. She lodged a complaint at Patuli Police Station against heckling by BJP workers and against Ghosh’s statement. “BJP workers heckled me and abused me verbally. Then I heard about Dilip Ghosh’s derogatory comment… He made sexual remarks and showed murderous intent… That is why I lodged a complaint with Patuli police station. Ghosh’s comment shows why women are not safe in this country,” the student told local media.
Indian Express reports that Ghosh has been booked under IPC sections 354 A (sexual harassment), 509 (insult to modesty of women), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).
Left leader Sujan Chakraborty said, "Dilip Ghosh has a gross and vulgar mentality and he says all these while hiding behind the protection of the central police. He doesn't have the guts to be amongst people." While Congress leader Subhankar Sarkar said "the way Dilip Ghosh has been regularly making these comments about women and protesters, it shows what will happen to women's security if they come to power."
While BJP's primary state rival Trinamool's Tapas Ray said "it's shameful that BJP can't even handle the peaceful protest by a student. What does he mean by 'only poster was torn and nothing else'? He must clearly explain what he means by this statement. Everyone should know what an uncivilised person he is, who doesn't respect women."
Dilip Ghosh has been controversy's favourite child for some time now. He has faced massive condemning over statements like "only frustrated people sing, paint or play the guitar" and "milk from the Indian cows contains gold."
Not only that, Ghosh caused a massive uproar when he suggested that the anti-CAA protesters should be shot "like how our (BJP) governments in Assam and U.P. shot them like dogs."