Rohtak: Yet another rape case came to light in Haryana - the eighteenth reported in a little over five weeks. A 30-year-old married woman was allegedly gangraped in Lakhan Majra village in Rohtak. The incident occurred on October 13, when the two suspects forcibly took the victim into a field on the outskirts of the village.
The victim claimed that they were her husband's cousins. The police has registered a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and arrested the duo and will be produced in court. The case comes to light on a day when 30 MPs who are part of a fact-finding committee will be heading to the state to meet the families of Dalit rape victims.
According to the complaint lodged with the police, the accused, identified as Raj Kumar and Subhash, had forcibly taken the victim to the fields on the outskirt of the village on a motor-bike on October 13 night where the duo allegedly raped her. After a couple of days, the victim narrated the crime to her kin who later approached the police.
Rohtak SP Vivek Sharma reached Lakhan Majra village and questioned the victim and her family members about the incident. Later, the police launched a search around the village and apprehended both the accused. "Both the accused have been arrested and will be produced before a court tomorrow. The accused are also being interrogated to get further information about the crime," said the Rohtak SP.
Haryana's state of shame
The Jind gangrape
A teenaged Dalit girl in Jind died after she set herself on fire on the night of October 7 after she was allegedly gangraped. The four accused have been arrested.
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. Reports said that the 16-year-old girl was forcibly taken to the house of one of the suspects where the crime occurred.
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.
The Bhiwani rape
A minor girl was reportedly raped in Bhiwani, Haryana around the beginning of this month. The Director General of Police cancelled the leaves of all police personnel for the month of October after the incident was reported.
Sources said that a special drive was also initiated to identify lumpen elements, unemployed youth, vagabonds and criminals in each village of the state and prepare reports and lists and take action against them.
The Sonepat gangrape
A class 11 student was gangraped in Gohana near Sonepat in Haryana by four men on September 27. Three accused were arrested and a case was registered. According to police, the girl was raped in a busy market area on Thursday afternoon but her family filed the complaint only on Friday.
The Jind gangrape
In the same week, a woman in Jind was raped by three men. The accused barged into the woman's house looking for her husband and when they did not find him, they brutally raped her. The victim was from a backward caste. Her daughter stood outside the house screaming in fright. The victim said that the men made a video of the whole gruesome act and threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to the police.
The Hisar gangrape
A 16-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gangraped by eight upper caste men on September 9 in the Dabra area of Hisar. The case came to light only 10 days later, on September 19, after the distraught minor broke down in front of her parents and narrated the incident.
To make matters worse, when the girl's father approached the police for help, they reportedly refused to file an FIR. The helpless father committed suicide the next day. The police arrested one of the accused after the residents of the area refused to cremate the body of the victim's father until arrests were made.
The accused reportedly made an MMS clip of the incident and circulated it. The girl's uncle told reporters, "The girl was scared and did not report the incident to her family. The accused had threatened to kill her if she approached the police. But when the MMS clip was circulated in the entire village and the people came to know, her father decided to report the matter to the police. However, I don't know what happened. He took the extreme step the next day."
With Additional Inputs from PTI