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The latest case involving a minor girl reported from Jagadhri in Yamunanagar

Girls taking out a candle-light march in Chandigarh on Thursday protesting against increasing crime against women.Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
Girls taking out a candle-light march in Chandigarh on Thursday protesting against increasing crime against women.Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

In yet another case of sexual assault on women in Haryana, a minor girl has allegedly been raped in Jagadhri town of Yamunanagar district, compelling the already rattled State Government to constitute a committee.

The 16-year-old girl, who belongs to a weaker section of society, was allegedly raped by a young man known to her in Bhadeli area of the district on Tuesday evening. However, the matter was reported on Wednesday.

The youth took her in his car and on the way one more person joined him. “The two accused took the girl to nearby fields and raped her,” said Mitesh Jain, Superintendent of Police, Yamunanagar. Both the accused were arrested on Thursday.

“The complaint was lodged by the victim’s family on Wednesday and the two accused were arrested,” said Mr. Jain.

This incident comes in the wake of a series of such horrific incidents during the past one month.

In the past three days, two minor girls were allegedly raped in Rohtak district while a mentally challenged woman was sexually assaulted in Jind.

Prior to these incidents, a 19-year-old newly married woman of Banwasa village in Gohana was gang-raped. Another case took place in Hisar on September 9, where a Dalit teenage girl was gang-raped in Dabra village.

After the Dabra incident, a married woman was gang-raped in a Jind village; a teenage girl was raped by some young men at Gohana in Sonepat district; and another teenage girl was raped in a moving jeep in Bhiwani district.

Three-pronged strategy

Stung by these incidents, the State Government has unfolded a three-pronged strategy to tackle the heinous crime: constituting three-member committees at district level to investigate, monitor and ensure speedy prosecution of such crimes; setting up fast track courts; and intensifying patrolling by police.

Announcing this, Chief Secretary P.K. Chaudhary said here that he had met senior officials of the Home Department including the DGP, and CID to frame recommendations to handle the cases of crime against women. “At district level, monitoring of investigation and prosecution will be done for which instructions are being issued. The committee consisting of the District Magistrate, the Superintendent of Police and the District Attorney would, on a fortnightly basis, monitor investigation and prosecution of all cases of crime against women.”

The Government would also request the Punjab & Haryana High Court to move cases of heinous crimes against women to fast track courts for speedy disposal, he said.

Meanwhile, the police have been instructed to intensify patrolling across the State. - PTI


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