Spike in rape cases sees ten attacks in 25 days
Chandigarh: There have been as many as 10 cases of rape, half of them gang rape, in just the last 25 days in Haryana but the state director general of police (DGP) says the number of such cases have come down compared to last year.
Incidents of gang rape were reported from Hisar, Jind, Bhiwani, Sonipat and Yamunanagar districts. Rape cases were also reported from Rohtak, Faridabad and Jind districts.
The first incident of gang rape in the latest spurt of such incidents occurred on September 9 near Hisar town, about 230km from the state capital, but was only reported to police September 18, after the Dalit father of the victim committed suicide when he discovered his daughter had been gang raped and an clip of her had been circulated.
The most recent was reported from Yamunanagar district, 80km from here on Thursday, when a 16-year-old school girl complained to police that she was kidnapped and raped by two youths.
“The number of rape cases this year in Haryana has reduced by 80, compared to 2011. The media should exercise restraint while saying that the crime graph is increasing,” said DGP Ranjiv Dalal, on the defensive over the spike in rape cases.
Earlier this week, Dalal announced, following the large number of rape cases, that the leave of all officers and other staff of the Haryana Police was being cancelled until Diwali, which falls in November this year. However, six cases of rape were reported after the leave of police personnel were cancelled.
Embarrassed by the growing number of rape cases, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda could only say in defence of his administration: “The police have been directed to register FIRs on all complaints. The number of cases seem more, because of prompt registration of cases.”
Hooda added: “These are shameful incidents. We will not spare anyone indulging in such crimes.”
In 2011, a total of 733 rape cases were registered in Haryana. In the first six months of this year, 367 rape cases were reported.
The Yamunanagar incident was preceded by four cases of rape from different parts of Haryana, in the previous 72 hours.
A newly married 19-year-old woman complained Wednesday that she was abducted and raped by four men in Gohana town near Sonipat, about 200km from the state capital, for four days.
A 13-year-old girl was raped Wednesday by her neighbour in Rohtak town, home town of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, about 225km from here.
Two days earlier, Monday, a 15-year-old mentally challenged Dalit girl was raped in the same town. The victim was allegedly lured by three women relatives in Kachchi Garhi Mohalla Colony of Rohtak and then raped by a youth.
A 30-year-old married woman was gang raped September 21 inside her house in Pillukhera township in Jind district, about 180km from here, at gun point by three men. The woman’s family, including children, were held hostage, and the accused even made a video clip of the crime which they later circulated.
A teenage girl, student of Class 11, was gang raped by four youths in Gohana town, about 175km from here, last Friday after she had gone to buy groceries.
One of the accused was the shopkeeper.
In Tosham town in Bhiwani district, about 225km from here, a teenag girl was gang raped in a multi-utility vehicle by three youths on Sepember 29.