The long list of human rights abuses perpetrated on minorities in India just became longer—claimed Nongra-dhuti (“nongra” is Bengali for “soiled”) Ray waving a copy of this press report.
An Indian suspect was forced by police to eat 50 bananas as a laxative, to retrieve a necklace he was accused of stealing and swallowing.
When the bananas failed to produce the desired effect, police fed Sheikh Mohsin rice, chicken and local bread.
Finally the necklace, which appeared on an X-ray taken on the suspect, was excreted and retrieved.
Mr Mohsin will appear in court on Monday in the eastern city of Calcutta, and could face a prison sentence.
Police say he snatched a gold necklace worth £550 ($1,100) from a woman as she shopped for toys on Saturday.
When cornered by police, he swallowed the necklace.
The suspect was fed 50 bananas on doctor’s advice, after the X-ray dealt a blow to his denials.
But only after a further meal did he yield the necklace, Calcutta police deputy commissioner Gyanwant Singh told AFP news agency.
A sweeper was paid to retrieve the exhibit from the toilet. Mr Mohsin was asked to wash it.
“There is a certain chilling predictability about this, a dreadful Orwellian litany of sameness” noted intellectual Sugarika Ghosh in an intestine-churning post titled Shhh Muslims on the stench of a conspiracy , noted human rights activist Nandita Bas-kar claimed that the X-ray was obtained under duress with the accused kept in a stress position, while Prime Minister Singh, in an emotional a-“peal” to the nation, declared that he is finding it tough to sleep or to eat bananas.
After the necklace was returned to the rightful owner, the good lady has been reported to be suffering from Lady Macbeth’s syndrome muttering “all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten…” in hushed tones.
[Link courtesy S. Pyne]