With more than 20 rapes being reported in five weeks in Haryana, a group of women’s organisations on Thursday accused Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of playing vote-bank politics and not doing enough to fight such crimes and violence against women in the state.
They also condemned the attack on over 400 activists, including CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat, by Haryana police during a rally demanding justice for rape and sexual assault victims in Rohtak on October 15, and demanded withdrawal of cases filed against them.
“We were beaten up and instead of taking action against the police or taking action against the authorities who gave the order, they have filed most atrocious cases against us,” Sudha Sundararaman of All India Democratic Women’s Association told reporters in Delhi.
“The CM was non-committal in withdrawing the cases. We are outraged on his attitude and we feel that it is because of the vote-bank politics that exists in Haryana,” she said.
The delegation condemned violence against women in Haryana. The state has witnessed a spate of rape cases in the past one month.