The Haryana government Monday informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that “as per the investigation, till date no incident of rape or molestation has been confirmed at Murthal in Sonepat during the Jat reservation agitation”.
A section of media had reported that women were sexually exploited and raped in Murthal during the intervening night of February 21-22 during the protests. The High Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the news reports and sought a status report from the government.
Additional Chief Secretary of Haryana, Home Department, P K Das, through his affidavit, before the Division Bench comprising Justices S K Mittal and H S Sidhu, stated: “Though no such incident has been reported to either government or the police, unequivocal veracity of the alleged incident as published in the newspaper cannot be confirmed at this stage.”
A representative of the District Legal Services Authority informed the court that a help desk has been set up for people to inform about any such incident. He informed the court that while there have been only three telephone calls about destruction of property so far, not a single call about rape or molestation complaint at Murthal has been received.
The court was also informed that the police have viewed the footage of CCTV cameras installed at Sukhdev Dhaba in Murthal and found that clothes of none of the women were torn.