Sonia's visit yields no result, rape continues in Haryana

Chandigarh, Oct 10: Does visit of a high-profile political leader help in containing crime incidents? This is the question everyone is asking a day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi visited Haryana on Tuesday, Oct 9. Sonia visited the state to meet rape victims and their family members and assure them that justice would be delivered soon. Moreover, she had warned of strictest possible action against rapists.

However, all the assurances from Sonia seem to have yielded no results. A day after Congress President visited Jind, a Dalit girl was allegedly gangraped in Kaithal on Wednesday. Two people have been arrested in the case, said a police official. This is the fourteenth case to be reported from state in last 30 days.

Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his government have been severely criticised for failing to provide security to the womenfolk of the state.

However, Sonia refused to comment on the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government. She said that rapes happen everywhere and are not restricted to Haryana alone. She added that strict action would be taken.

Targeting Congress president over rape incidents in Haryana, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that she did not have guts even to advise Congress-ruled states over safety of Dalit women.

Concerned over the incidents of rape, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has stepped into the matter. Members of NCPCR have sought an explanation from the state government in regard to failure of administration to put an end on rising crime rate against women.

"So many girls and women have been raped in Haryana. It is sad. Molestation cases have also been reported from the state. Our Commission will ask them what has been done in each case. Have all of the accused been arrested? What proceedings have been done?" NCPCR chairperson Shanta Sinha said.

"We feel that in Haryana, it is not the sole issue which is coming to limelight. You have seen the sex ratio as well. There has been only 830/1000 girls," she said.

She also stressed the need for a public awareness campaign in favour of girl children. "There should also be a fear amongst the ones who indulge in such activities. They should be punished so that the girls are safe," she said.

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