1990 Bantala rape case

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1990 Bantala Rape Case
Date 30 May 1990
Time 6:30 pm IST (UTC+05:30)
Location Bantala, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India
Deaths 2 (1 female victim, 1 male victim)
Non-fatal injuries 2 (female victims)

On 30 May 1990, three health officers, two from the Health Department of the Government of West Bengal and one from UNICEF were raped by a group of miscreants in Bantala Road when they were returning from Gosaba Rangabelia. One of the officers and their driver died while resisting the attackers.


On 30 May 1990, a team of three health officers were returning to Kolkata after inspecting an immunization program in Gosaba.[1] The team consisted of Anita Dewan, the Deputy District Extension Media Officer of the West Bengal Health Department; Uma Ghosh, a senior officer of the Health Department; and Renu Ghosh, a representative of UNICEF's World Health Organization office in New Delhi. Around 6:30 pm when they had reached Bantala near the Eastern metropolitan bypass, a group of 4-5 youths stopped their car near the CPI(M) party office. The driver Abani Naia made an attempt to escape, but he lost control and the car overturned. In the mean time, another gang of 10-12 youths arrived at the spot, who pulled one of the ladies out of the car, while the others pulled out the other two ladies. The driver of the car tried to resist the youths, but failed. The attackers killed the driver and set the car on fire.[2] The lady officers were then taken to a nearby paddy field and raped. One of the ladies, who tried to resist the rapists was killed.

The police brought the naked bodies of the officers to the emergency department of Calcutta National Medical College at around 11:30 pm. Initially they were presumed to be dead, but later two of them was found to be alive and were admitted for treatment. One lady doctor who examined the dead woman fainted when she discovered a metallic torch in the vagina of the officer.

The injured driver was transferred to SSKM Hospital for treatment. He bore 43 wounds in his body caused by blunt, sharp and heavy weapons.[3] His penis was smashed by the attackers. On 4 June 1990 at 5:40 am, he died. The autopsy of his body was carried out by Dr. Biswanath Kahali, a Medical Officer on Training Reserve of the Health Department.[4]


Prasanta Sur, the then Health Minister of West Bengal, defended the mob by contending that the victims might have been mistaken as child-abductors. But there is controversy regarding actual cause of the incident. The then Chief Minister Mr. Jyoti Basu also commented on a casual mode which has strongly been criticised by the media all over India.[4][5] However, the government carried out investigation and finally, the six accused in the case served life-imprisonment. [6]


  1. ^ "Woman Official lynched in Calcutta". The Statesman. Kolkata. 1 June 1990.
  2. ^ Bandyopadhyay, D (9 October 2010). "Musings of a Pensionjivi on Sumanta Banerjee's Letter". Mainstream Weekly. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  3. ^ Sengupta, Sukhoranjan (22 June 1990). "none". Anandabazar Patrika (in Bengali). Kolkata.
  4. ^ a b Four decades of blood bath in Bengal (2011). Hingsar Utsab (in Bengali). Kolkata: Dip Prakashan. p. 93.
  5. ^ "City of Joy to city of rapes: Kolkata sees string of crimes against women". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  6. ^ "CM vows justice for rape victims". Times of India. Times of India. Retrieved 6 September 2017.