Under fire for a series of rape cases, Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana Government is set to bring a law to provide capital punishment for those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or less. The government will also make a request for setting up of fast-track courts for dealing with rape cases to provide a speedy justice delivery system to the victims. The announcement was made by the chief minister while he was addressing people after laying the foundation stone of a sugar mill here.
Khattar, who expressed anguish and concern over the recent incidents of rape, said that provisions of “harsher punishment for rape” are required in the state. “Law would be enacted soon to hang those convicted of raping girls aged 12 or younger,” he said. Further, Khattar asked media not to create sensation by publishing reports on rape without verifying facts.
However, the CM also added that 25 per cent rape complaints registered last year at police stations were fake. “Earlier, complainants had to face a tough time in getting an FIR registered even after repeated requests. But today, not even a single person can claim non-registration of FIRs in any case by the police,” he said. The chief minister further said that relatives and near and dear ones of the victims have been found to be involved in about 75 per cent of rape cases.
Khattar said that besides the police, society should also take the responsibility to generate awareness among the people against such kind of mentality. The chief minister assured the people that the state police was actively working to solve the recent cases of rape in the state.
Khattar is under fire for alleged under-performance on account of maintaining Law and Order in the state. First, brutal gangrape and killing of a six-year-old girl took place in Haryana’s Uklana area and then two other incidents in a similar manner elsewhere in the state have sparked protests. The first incident, in December 2017, came to light when a passersby noticed the girl on a deserted street. As per the police, unidentified men had allegedly abducted the girl when she was sleeping with her sister and mother in their home in a slum area.
After the post-mortem report, police said that kidnappers had even inserted a wooden stick in her private parts. Again in January, barely a month after a six-year-old girl was brutalised, two separate incidents of rapes and brutality sent shockwaves across the states. In the first case, a 15-year-old school student was brutally assaulted and her private parts were mutilated. The other case too involved the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.