Two women were brutally thrashed and their private parts were burnt by one of the women’s relatives after they were suspected of being lesbians in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district, In India.
“My friend and I meet up every day and tie bidis (local smoke), but I did not see her on October 25. Later in the night, she called me up and asked me to visit her. She was suffering from immense pain in her abdomen,” the victim remembered. She decided to stay back at her friend’s place on the same night.
Two of the accused, who happen to be the victim’s relatives, and another local named Sahebul Sheikh, barged into the room where both the girls were sleeping around 11 am. He reportedly questioned why the girls were sharing the same bed.
“We were friends,” one of the girls told them. The trio cruelly tortured the girls, beat them up, and burnt their pelvis area with piping-hot rods for being lesbians. The gang also tried to strip the girls and attempted to rape them, further threatening to “expose” their relationship if they spoke to others about what happened, sources told India Today.
Meanwhile, one of the victims has accepted being in a relationship with the other.
“We are in a relationship, no one restrained us. Had we been warned, we would not have pursued. Three of them molested us, touched us uncomfortably, and tried to rape us,” said the victim’s girlfriend. She also accused the trio of making multiple incisions in the abdomen and thighs of the victim.
On Monday, Malda Police nabbed one of the three accused in the case from Authua village. Meanwhile, two others, identified as Kadam and Saheb, are currently at large, police sources said.