Press Release: Mamata flees London in wake of Protests

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Mamata flees London in wake of Protests

London, July 31st, 2015:  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cut short her visit to London in the wake of protests against her apathy at the plight of girls kidnapped by organized gangs indulging in rape jihad. She had blamed it on the weather in her home state but experts watching the political situation find her claims to be weak.

The protesters successfully shifted the focus from investments in West Bengal to the plight of helpless girls, many of them minors, kidnapped by Islamist groups. More than 20,000 girls disappear from West Bengal every year according to one report. Mamata Banerjee’s administration as well as other political parties in the state have turned a blind eye to the kidnappings to appease radical Islamist groups. According to politicians themselves, intimidation using criminals is a common tactic that has been used in West Bengal over the years to win elections. 

The protesters welcome foreign investments anywhere in India, but prefer that West Bengal first sort out the problem of the safety of women and children in the state. Until the climate is made safe for women and children of the state, the business community would be better off investing their money in other Indian states.

One member of Mamata Banerjee’s party, Mr. Derek O’Brien, has in fact posted messages on the social media site twitter.com belittling the plight of the minor girls.

Mr. O’Brien’s tweets were in poor taste particularly in the case of Tuktuki Mondal, a poor girl who was kidnapped and released only after human rights activists applied immense pressure by organizing global protests forcing authorities to act in her case. Until the protests took place, the police ignored the dire situation in West Bengal and even refused to entertain complaints from concerned family members.

Mamata Banerjee’s hasty retreat from London came soon after her photographs in close proximity with the protesters holding up banners and placards did the rounds on the internet. Mr. O’Brien is also part of the group that has fled London.

The organizers of the protests have vowed to save every girl who has been kidnapped and they have criticized Mamata Banerjee for running away from the issue instead of listening to the protesters and sit down with them to solve the problem collectively.

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