With three rape incidents – in Jind, Panipat and Faridabad, in just four days, the Haryana government has come under the scanner. Wide-spread protests are also being staged today as police have failed to capture the culprits behind the crimes. Amidst the row, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on Wednesday (January 17) broke his silence over the multiple rape incidents. Promising the state residents of tying up all the ‘loose ends’, Khattar requested all political parties to not politicise the grim issue. Speaking to ANI, he said, “Such incidents are unfortunate. We’ll take strict action and tie up all loose ends. We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers. I appeal political parties to not politicise the issue.” He also enumerated the steps taken by the state government in the direction of women safety saying, “We started ‘Dial 100 Project’, will also begin ‘1090 Project’ so women in danger can immediately contact police. We’ll look into matters, take help of counselling or legal action as the need be. We’ve set up special courts for speedy trials of such cases.”
The statement comes after reports of the BJP top brass being miffed with Khattar over the rape incidents in the state. Meanwhile, RC Mishra, ADGP Ambala Range also assured of strict and rapid action on the culprits. He said, “We’re investigating and scanning all CCTV cameras in the area. All people related to the case are being interrogated. After we receive FSL(forensic lab) report, we can make a further comment.”
The three cases due to which the state government is drawing flak are:
Jind- A 15-year-old Dalit girl was brutally raped, beaten and tortured in Haryana and her body was recovered from Bhakra canal near Karnal.
Faridabad- A woman was walking home from work in Faridabad on Sunday, 14 January, when a car with four men pulled up beside her. The men allegedly abducted her and raped her for over two hours, as they drove towards Palwal.
Panipat- The 11-year-old in Panipat was allegedly on her way from home to dispose of garbage nearby when two men took the minor home, raped her and later murdered her.
Notably, Haryana ranks sixth for crimes against women with over 1000 rape cases being reported in 2014-2016 as per National Crime Records Bureau’s data.