KOLKATA — Police cases were lodged July 15 against Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha member Roopa Ganguly and the party's West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh following controversial remarks they individually made about the safety of women in West Bengal and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, respectively.
On July 14, actor-turned-politician Ganguly said if people from outside of West Bengal "send their wives and daughters" to the state, the women won't "survive" 15 days without being raped.
"I will tell people of India and politicians, everyone who supports Trinamool Congress, including some Congress leaders... send their wives and daughters to Bengal without taking hospitality of Mamata Banerjee, if they are able to survive there for 15 days without getting raped, then tell me," she said at a program.
Reacting angrily, state Power Minister and senior Trinamool Congress leader Sovandeb Chatterjee said: "She calls herself a cultural personality, and makes such comments. Whatever she has said has damaged Bengal's image."
On July 15, a police complaint was filed against Ganguly for public mischief and criminal intimidation at Nimta police station in the North 24 Parganas district.
But she remained unperturbed.
"There is no question of withdrawing my comments. In fact, I displayed lenience when I talked of 15 days," she said.
Meanwhile, addressing his constituency in Kharagpur, Ghosh challenged the chief minister to take action against him.
"If you have the guts, then try and touch Dilip Ghosh. I will bring Bengal to standstill... What have you seen in Darjeeling? Your house will be torched," he said.
On July 15, a local Trinamool leader submitted a letter of complaint to the Kolkata police about Ghosh.