Name:  Taramoni

Father’s Name:  Sarat ( Killed in 1971 by the Pak Army).

Vill:  Habra-Chandipur, P.O. Habra

P.S. Parbatipur, Dt. Dinajpur

Education: Illiterate

Age in 1971: 16 yrs

Occupation in 1971: Housewife.

Present Occupation: Day Laborer

 

 

Q.                What did you do in 1971?

A.                 I was a housewife.

 

Q.                What do you do now?

A.                 I work for a living. I sell vegetables.

 

Q.                Did you see the elections of 1970?

A.                 Yes, I did. Everybody voted for the ‘Boat’.

 

Q.                What happened later on?

A.                 Fighting started between the Bangalis and the Biharis.

 

Q.                Were you ever attacked by the Pakistani soldiers during 1971 liberation war?

A.                 Yes, I was.

 

Q.                How did it happen?

A.                 They forcibly took me away along with my father and husband.

 

Q.                They took you away forcibly?

A.                 Yes.

 

Q.                Who were they?

A.                 Khans and Biharis.

 

Q.                Were there anyone else with you?

A.                 Yes a cousin, daughter of my elder uncle.

 

Q.                Your cousin sister?

A.                 Yes.

 

Q.       What is the name of your cousin sister?

A.        Samabala.

Q.        What was the name of your husband?

A.        Hareswar.

 

Q.        Where did the Pakistani soldiers take you all?

A.        Parbatipur.

 

Q.        What did they do to you after they took you to Parbatipur?

A.        They kept us together on a verandah.

 

Q.        Your father and your husband?

A.        Yes.

 

Q.        Where did they keep your cousin sister and you?

A.        First they kept us on the verandah and then they took us to a room.

 

Q.        Did the Pakistani soldiers also bring some others like you from other areas?

A.        Yes, they did.

 

Q.        How many women were there?

A.        We two were the only women they brought.

 

Q.        There were no other women with you then?

A.        No.

 

Q.        How many days did they keep you in Parbatipur?

A.        One day and one night. Next day they let us free, around 8/9 am in the morning.

 

Q.        Next day they let you go?

A.        Yes.

 

Q.        What did you see in Parbatipur?

A.        There were lots of soldiers, machines and weapons.

 

Q.        What was your feeling then?

A.        I was scared, very scared.

 

Q.        Did the Pakistanis torture you and your sister?

A.        Yes, they did.

 

Q.        Did the Pakistani soldiers dishonor (rape) you?

A.        Yes, they did.

 

Q.        Did they also rape your sister?

A.        Yes.

 

 

Q.        Did they take you inside a room?

A.        Yes.

 

Q.        How many of them did this to you?

A.        Two or three of them.

 

Q.        And then what happened?

A.        Next day they let us free.

 

Q.        They let you go the very next day?

A.        Yes.

 

Q.        After they let you go, where did you go?

A.        We returned to our village home.

 

Q.        What did you see there?

A.        There was no one in the village.

 

Q.        What did you do then?

A.        We went to India.

 

Q.        You went alone?

A.        No my cousin was with me. I left my husband and father behind at Parbatipur.

 

Q.        They confined your husband and  father?

A.        Yes.

 

Q.        What did you do then?

A.        We, both sisters went away to that village.

 

Q.        Which village?

A.        Khashpara.

 

Q.        What did you do then?

A.        We found our uncle there.

 

Q.        You found your uncle?

A.        Yes. Then we left along with our uncle.

 

Q.        Where did you go?

A.        To Bharat.

 

Q.        Where exactly in Bharat?

A.        Mollardighi.

 

 

Q.        What did you do there?

A.        We took shelter on a verandah of a fellow.

 

Q.        How long did you stay there?

A.        Almost one year.

 

Q.        After you returned did you find your husband?

A.        No, I never found him, not till to-day.

           

Q         When you returned what was the condition of your village?

A         No house, no room, absolutely nothing.

 

Q.        What did you do then?

A.        We stayed under a very desperate condition.

 

Q.        After liberation did you go for a family life again?

A.        Yes, I did.

 

Q.        You married again?

A.        Yes, I did..

 

Q.        How many children do you have now?

A.        Three daughters.

 

     Interviewer:  Bhabendranath Barman

     Date of Interview:  Nov 13, 1996

     Translator: Faruq Aziz Khan: