A Bangladeshi woman travelling back home from India on the Maitree Express has filed a complaint that an on-duty BSF jawan had sexually assaulted her inside a washroom at gun point.
The incident occurred between Dum Dum and Barrackpore stations after the train had left the Calcutta Railway Station 7:10am on Monday, reports Telegraph India.
The 35-year-old woman and her husband gave a written complaint to the travelling ticket examiner (TTE) of the Maitree Express. Based on the letter the TTE received, the ticket examiner drafted a complaint and submitted it to the Government Railway Police (GRP) of Ranaghat in Nadia. The GRP recorded the statement of the guard in the compartment and the stationmaster of Gede Railway Station.
All trains that run between Bangladesh and India are overseen by the BSF till they cross the border. After that, the BSF’s Bangladesh counterpart takes over.
The complaint states that the trooper had followed the woman to the washroom and locked it from inside. He allegedly held the passenger at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her. She fell to the floor and injured her knee. She lost her nose ring during the incident, an officer privy to the complaint said.
Railway sources earlier said that the complaint did not bear the signature of the woman or her husband. A senior officer said they are exploring legal options to start building a case from the letter even in the absence of a signature.
They have not made any decisions yet.
No members of the BSF or senior officers of the railways were ready to comment on record regarding the incident. But they said, on condition of anonymity, that the incident had caused "great embarrassment" to the Indian railways.