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Kolkata :West Bengal Women’s Commission on Women Victims of Maoist Violence (WBCW) on Wednesday expressed deep concerns over the growing attacks perpetrated by Maoists in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts on women and appealed to them to abjure violence.

”We are appealing to the Maoists to abjure this politics of mindless coercion and violence which is causing unutterable distress to poor people, many of them from the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, and playing havoc with their livelihoods and whatever basic services in nutrition, education and health they could access,” WBCW chairperson Malini Bhattacharya said in a statement.

”From Shobha Mandi’s deposition, the Commission got a clear picture of how the Maoists recruited young girls from poor families with promises of financial assistance to the families should they agree to work for the Maoists,” she said.  

The Commission called upon the intelligentsia and the media not to be carried away by the mere sensational appeal of the situation, but to try to understand and uphold the truth.

It also called on the the state government to disburse without delay adequate compensation for dependent family members who have lost the sole earner in the family as a result of Maoist violence.

COURTESY: WASHINGTON BANGLA RADIO , NOV 10/10

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