Kolkata: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Thursday expressed concern at the incidents of rape in the state and said that it used to be one of the safest places
in the country.
"Bengal used to be one of the safest places in the country. A single rape is bad for all of us. The number is not important," Narayanan told reporters on the sidelines of a programme at the Calcutta University.
"It is the duty of all of us to protect our women and children rather than sensationalising it," the governor said when asked about incidents of rape at Park Street here, Baranagar in North 24 Parganas, Katwa in Burdwan district and
at Bankura last month.
Asked about the assault on journalists here during the general strike on February 28, the governor disapproved of it saying, "journalists should not be beaten. I mean nobody should be beaten. Be it on a bandh day or any other day.
"I don`t put journalists in any different category. It is a free country and people are entitled to do their duty," he said.