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First Hisar, now Jind; gangrape victims in Haryana await justice


Jyoti Kamal,CNN-IBN
Sep 27, 2012 at 11:31am IST

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Chandigarh: The distraught victim of yet another gangrape in Haryana's Jind. Three men barged into her home looking for her husband and when they did not find him, they brutally raped the woman, who is from a backward class, in turn. Even as her daughter stood outside screaming in fright. The victim says the men even made a video of the whole gruesome act.

Victim said, "One person shot a video of the incident, while the other threatened to kill me. I will be compelled to commit suicide if the police does not investigate the matter properly."

Worse, when she approached the police, the victim says they did not act promptly on the complaint.

A worried district administration has ordered that she be provided two security guards and a lady lawyer. The cops say they have arrested one of the accused but the others are on the run.

SP Jind Sourabh Singh said, "We are interrogating those who have been arrested. We will soon arrest all the accused."

The latest incident is a big embarrassment for the state administration which has been soundly criticised for going slow in the Hisar gangrape case, where a 16-year-old Dalit girl was similarly raped and her video circulated. That victims' father had committed suicide due to the shame. Yet, the state police chief even now only has promises to make.

DGP Haryana Police Ranjiv Dalal said, "Two accused have been arrested and we have to arrest the third. We will soon do that."

In May this year, a victim of gangrape committed suicide after saying on camera that she was frustrated by police inaction despite her saying she can recognise her rapists.

In a state where the sex ratio is highly skewed and girls are in far lesser numbers than boys, the chickens are coming home to roost. Preventing crimes against women might be the toughest challenge that Haryana's social system will face in times to come.

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