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 youth at Manikchak in Malda district in West Bengal on Thursday.
A senior police officer said the family members of the youth Noor Ali (20) 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.
All the three were taken to Kaliachak Gramin Hospital, the officer said.
The accused youth and the family members were absconding.