Is this also an Islamic duty?
Sexual harassments and teasing of girls in Kolkata, like other metropolitan cities across India, are rising by leaps and bounds; even if people love to term this as fallout of mounting consumerism and its grip on the society, sources affirm that the majority of such felons, if not more, are Muslim youths and their targets are Hindu girls. Well, none of us has to go astray in this regard; Ritu Shah, an 18-year-old schoolgirl gashed with a sharp weapon by a Muslim youth named Mohammad Chotu (20 years old) in Kankinara, 24 Paraganas (North) on November 26, 2011, is the best witness and also the victim thus far. It has been learnt that the Muslim youth had been bugging Ritu for days and her indifference made him commit this dastardly act.
To be precise, Ritu was set to appear for her Class XII pre-tests on the same day but contrary to her expectation, the ghastly act compelled her to get admitted to Bhatpara State General Hospital with injuries in her back, neck and hands. It is worthwhile to mention, a portion of the index finger of her left hand was severed because she desperately tried to prevent Mohammad Chotu from attacking her. And all these happened when she was busy in washing utensils before her house.
Mohammad Chotu is a worker in a bindi-making factory and lives in the same locality and as per people in the neighborhood, he was making lots of efforts to talk to Ritu for the past few days. As stated by Lalita, sister of Ritu, Chotu took the opportunity of absence of male members in the residence who are in Bihar for the time being.
Mohammad Chotu, at the moment, is on the loose; police, as usual, is yet to nab him. And as a mark of protest against this inactivity of police, local people blocked the thoroughfare of the area from 4 to 6 pm, Monday.