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BJP publishes documentary on alleged abuses against women in Sandeshkhali, Bengal | View it here

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) published a documentary on Thursday that highlighted the purported incidences of atrocities and sexual assault on women in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal, amid the current unrest there.

In response to the allegations made by Sandeshkhali women, the saffron party has intensified its attacks on the TMC administration headed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

At nine in the morning, the “exclusive” documentary The Sandeshkhali Shocker – The Big Reveal was made available. In a post on X, the BJP said, “A truth that’ll shock us.” A painful fact for us. A reality that will make us feel uncomfortable.

Sandeshkhali has been tense after a number of women staged a protest against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shahjahan Sheikh and his associates for allegedly committing sexual crimes on them.

In the twenty-minute documentary, ladies tell the story of how Shahjahan Sheikh and his associates allegedly took their property and molested them.

The BJP asked Mamata Banerjee, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali-like incidents)” in another Bengali post. In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is kindly referred to as “Didi.”

Following an assault by his followers on an Enforcement Directorate (ED) team that had gone to Sandeshkhali to search his residence in relation to alleged violations in the state’s public distribution system, Shahjahan Sheikh went into hiding on January 5.

Teams from the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had visited Sandeshkhali over the last two weeks, along with a number of BJP leaders. Governor CV Ananda Bose paid a visit to the North 24 Parganas district as well, calling the circumstances there “ghastly, shocking, and shattering.”

During a visit to the island on Tuesday, Bengal Assembly Opposition Leader Suvendu Adhikari said that there was “no democracy” there.

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