In recent times, Haryana has witnessed an abnormal rise in rape cases. A total of 18 cases of rape have been reported in Haryana in less than 40 days.
The gruesome incidents of violence against women have shocked everyone. Protests against the crimes were witnessed across the country. Many women's rights groups have demanded strictest of action against the perpetrators of the crimes. But unfortunately, the ground level victims are leading lives under the shadow of fear.
Many of Haryana's rape victims have said that they fear for their lives as culprits have threatened to kill them if they go and file police complaints.
A 16-year-old rape victim has been scarred for life. All she wants is the severest punishment for her assailants. "I want them to be hanged," said the teenager. Her mother, though fears for the lives of her children, wants to leave the village. "I am living in constant fear. These people won't let us live. My children are so young," said the mother.
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's government has come under scanner as police has failed to provide safety and security measures to women.
On Wednesday, Oct 17 out of a 30-member fact-finding committee formed to visit the state, only 11 MPs went in the end to Jind, the epicentre of recent rape cases.
CPI national secretary and a member of the committee, D Raja said, "There is a sense of insecurity. Some young people were saying that they were told you will be driven away from this village. There are threats."
The mother of one the victims said, "Guilty should be punished. These visits are okay but I want justice - that's all."