Manikchak, West Bengal: A Class IX girl and her mother were severely beaten up along with a local Gram Panchayat member when they protested the harassment of the girl by a local man at Manikchak in West Bengal's Malda district today.
A senior police officer said the family members of the man - Noor Ali (20) allegedly thrashed the girl and her mother with rods and stick when they went to Ali's residence to complain against continued harassment and stalking of the girl allegedly by the youth at public places in the past one year.
As the local Gram Panchayat member Ayush Karani intervened and tried to stop the attackers, he too was beaten up allegedly by Ali's family members including women, the officer said.
The three were later taken to a Kaliachak Gramin Hospital, the officer told news agency PTI.
A search is on to nab the accused youth and his family members, who are absconding, say police.