Friday, December 28, 2012Hindu workers are living in an abject poverty in tea gardens in North Bengal; they are being deprived of basic amenities and are also getting victims to the rising tentacles of Islamic fundamentalism. It has come to knowledge, Hindu workers in the tea plantations are having a wage of Rs. 95 (at best) daily – an unbelievable wage structure (if vehemently rising market prices are kept in mind) to enable a single individual to live healthily, not to speak of maintaining an entire family.
What do they do in case of illness? Hapless Hindus have no other option other than moving to nearest urban centres to get the basic treatment; neither the tea estates provide any such facility nor there is any such planning with them (at the moment) for the future.
To make the story worse, Hindu families, especially their womenfolk, are becoming easy preys of lusts of Muslims. The number of Muslim laborers has risen exponentially in the last few years and if secret reports of various organizations are counted on, their thumping increase is stimulating owners of tea gardens to be unsupportive to the Hindu workers.
The pathetic experience of Priyanka Kiro, daughter of A. Kiro, is not an eye-opener only but is enough to send a shudder through the spine also. The innocent Hindu girl was virtually raped by a Muslim goon, named Ashfaq, at Rahimabad tea estate in Dooars (District: Jalpaiguri) a week before the last Kalipuja. Even if the aged father tried his best to get support from police, he is yet to have any and Priyanka remains shell shock until now.
As per our studies, this is not any stray incident but is becoming a regular feature almost. About five years back, one daughter of the same family had been molested by Muslim crooks and at that time too, administration denied to extend any support to the wretched family.
It’s getting dangerous for Hindu women to save their dignity in Rahimabad tea estate along with in several other estates. While on one hand, fear of violation by Muslim culprits reigns supreme among Hindu women, women’s trafficking (of Hindu women in particular) has reached an all-time high in the area. Local people have confirmed that Muslim agents are increasing their strengths by leaps and bounds, enticing helpless Hindu women by promising them good jobs but are selling them to brothels across India for Rs 80,000 to 1,20,000 rupees each ultimately.