Haryana govt to bring law to hang those found guilty of raping minors
Expressing anguish and concern over the recent incidents of rape in the state, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said that his government is working towards bringing a law under which capital punishment can be awarded to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12.
Khattar said that the state government would make a request for setting up fast-track courts for dealing with rape cases to ensure speedy justice to victims.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone of a sugar mill in Karnal, the Haryana Chief Minister called for "harsher punishment for perpetrators of rape". He also urged the media to not create sensation by publishing reports on rape incidents without verifying facts.
"Law would be enacted soon to hang those convicted of raping girls aged 12 or younger," he said.
Khattar said the figures for last year revealed that 25 percent rape complaints registered at police stations were fake.
"Earlier, complainants had to face a tough time in getting an FIR registered even after repeated requests. But today, not even a single person can claim non-registration of FIRs in any case by the police," he said.
Usually, relatives and near and dear ones of the victims have been found to be involved in about 75 percent of rape cases, he said. Besides the police, it is also the responsibility of the society to come forward and generate awareness among the people against such kind of mentality, the chief minister said. He assured the people that the state police was actively working to solve the recent cases of rape in the state.
The BJP-led government in Haryana has been drawing flak from all quarters over the law and order situation in the state. Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda had on Wednesday met the Governor seeking dismissal of Manohar Lal Khattar-led Government over an increase in the number of rape cases in the state. Khattar had then said that incidents of rape in the state were sad and deplorable. He assured speedy investigation and strict action against the perpetrators.
Gruesome cases of rape that shook Haryana in the last few days:
The body of a 15-year-old girl with her private parts mutilated and liver ruptured was found near Budhakhera village in Haryana's Jind district.
Four men allegedly raped a 22-year old woman inside a moving vehicle in Faridabad's Sector 16 on Saturday, 13 January.
Two neighbours allegedly gang-raped and murdered an 11-year-old in Panipat, also committing necrophilia soon after.
OneIndia News with PTI inputs