Wife-swapping, adultery, rapes. Former woman Maoist’s shocking revelations on the ultras
“Every woman is seen as an object which would satisfy the lust of all male cadres.”
Ranchi, June 8, 2013 | UPDATED 19:17 IST
Throwing light on the social characteristics of Maoist culture, a former woman cadre of banned Maoist group terms it a cave of vices where adultery, rapes, wife-swapping and violence against woman including torture vitiate the atmosphere.
Shobha Mandi, alias Uma, alias Shikha, commanding 25-30 armed Maoist squad members gave up arms in 2010 after she was repeatedly raped and assaulted by her fellow commanders over duration of seven years.
In her book titled ‘Ek Maowadi Ki Diary’, the 25-year old Shobha has even claimed that she complaind of the treatment being meted out to women cadres in the camps to senior leaders including Kishenji, but to no gain.
“As a recruit, I protested against the habits of some leaders in the presence of Kishanji. Nobody liked it. The leaders instructed the squad members not to speak to me. I was isolated and warned of dire consequences if I protested.”
Most women recruits are exploited by senior Maoists. Senior women leaders, too, have multiple sexual partners. “If a member gets pregnant, she has no choice but to abort: A child is seen as a trouble that hampers the liveliness of guerrillas,” she explained in the book.
“Every woman is seen as an object which would satisfy the lust of all male cadres. The movement had lured me in 2003 by making me believe that the male and females would be equal in the new order it strives to create. But what I experienced over there was horrifying, worse than putative oppression which women of rural India face,” she writes.
Her book, among other things, discloses that slain Maoist leader Kishenji, who was killed by security forces in November 2011, held a ‘primary membership’ of a mainstream political party.
In fact, Shobha believes that it was because ‘he knew too many’ secrets that politicians ordered him to be killed in a daring operation.
“On behest of his masters, he ordered us to go after rival leaders to kill them. We complied as the fight is against a democratic set-up of which politicians are the prime part. But we failed to comprehend why he told us to kill civilians,” Shobha writes in her book.
Shobha’s allegations were verified on last Tuesday, when Bihar Police arrested Anup Thakur, senior member of CPI (Maoist)’s Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee, from a hotel along with a female commander from a shady hotel in Muzzafarpur.
The woman commander revealed that she is the wife of Amardev, another wanted Maoist commander.
Shobha today leads a peaceful life in her ancestral village near Ranchi. But the brutalities wreaked upon her during her period as a rebel still are very much alive in her memories, and also in pictures shot during the dreadful days.