Hisar: All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has said low sex ratio is partly responsible for the spate of rapes in Haryana as the ninth case was reported from the state in less than a month. The association also accused the police of apathy towards rape victims and their families. AIDWA Vice President Jagmati Sangwan said, "The sex ratio in Haryana is so dismal that boys are not finding girls for marriage. Such factors create an environment which is unsafe for women."
The rising rape cases, experts say, are a result of low sex ratio - 830 girls for 1000 boys as per 2011 census. Also, there is a huge gender bias in the state and high incidences of foeticide contributing to the low sex ratio. More unmarried men are of marriageable age, however, most of them are unemployed. Another factor is rising use of alcohol among the young.
"The apathy of the police protects the criminals. The police doesn't act in the manner it should to give a lesson to others. Parents also don't come ahead to get the rape cases registered because they don't have any hope of getting justice," added Sangwan.
A teenaged Dalit girl in Jind died on Saturday after she set herself on fire. The teenager was allegedly gangraped. Reports said that the 16-year-old girl was forcibly taken to the house of one of the suspects where the crime occurred. She was rushed to the civil hospital in Jind district, and was later referred to PGIMS at Rohtak in serious condition. The girl breathed her last on Saturday evening in the Rohtak hospital.
Earlier on Saturday, the victim in her statement to the police said that one of her neighbours Pradeep allegedly dragged her into his house while the sister-in-law of the accused kept guard standing on the terrace of the house so that nobody could come inside. Pradeep and another youth Naveen raped the teenager.
This is the ninth rape case to come to light in Haryana in the past 28 days and a majority of these rapes took place in Jind district alone. Haryana government has formed a three-member committee to look into these incidents.