A mob of communist activists allegedly attacked a pregnant woman and her family last month in India and killed her unborn child.
Yahoo News reports authorities arrested seven members of the Communist Party of India (CPM or CPI(M)) on Thursday after the woman’s family protested that local police had done nothing to stop the alleged perpetrators.
The attack appears to have centered around a land dispute between Thenamkuzhiyil Cibi (some reports Siby) Chacko, the woman’s husband, and their communist neighbors.
On Jan. 28, a group allegedly attacked Cibi, his pregnant wife and their children at their home in Velamcode Laksham Veedu Colony, according to The Week. Jyotsana was 4 ½ months pregnant when the mob allegedly kicked her in the stomach multiple times, killing her unborn baby, the report states.
She later miscarried her baby’s dead body at a local hospital.
“I started bleeding and was in immense pain. My husband rushed me to a hospital where the doctors informed us that there was blood clot in my placenta, following which they had to conduct an operation on February 2. The doctors gave us our dead baby, whom we cremated in Mavoor. Even then their threats did not stop,” she told Times Now.
Here’s more from the reports:
Siby was alleged kicked by the men following a dispute over boundary walls.
“We had a problem with our neighbours regarding the boundary wall. They used to threaten us, even late at night, and also used foul language. I had filed a complaint at the police station regarding the matter,” she said.
“On the day of the incident, a person named Syedhalavi came and said that he had some problem with my husband, Siby Chacko Thenumkuzhy. I immediately alerted the police that there were eight people here who are might create a ruckus. By the time anyone could come to our rescue, the men had assaulted everyone, including my children,” the 30-year-old said, adding that the police officers refused to help her citing lack of vehicles at the station.
The family protested Wednesday outside the local police station, and authorities responded by making seven arrests. According to Yahoo, police arrested seven CPI activists, including a secretary of its branch committee in the Kozhikode district.
The abuses endured by women and girls in India are nothing short of horrifying. Researchers estimate that 12 million girls are missing in India just because of abortion. Many who make it outside of the womb are subjected to neglect, abuse and even infanticide and other forms of murder.
The discrimination against women has become a national crisis, and Indian leaders have been trying to crack down on the gender violence.