On A backfoot,Haryana Director General of Police R S Dalal on Thursday requested the media not to ridicule and demolish the police by highlighting the recent rape cases reported in the state.
While trying to justify why the police were failing to curb crime against women,Dalal told mediapersons: In most cases,victims knew the accused. For instance,in the Hisar Dalit girl rape case,the victim knew the accused. I can say that out of 10 rape cases,at least eight are such where victims knew the accused. The accused take advantage of this. But this is also a crime and the police are promptly arresting all involved. We are not sparing anybody.
Claiming that law and order situation is not that bad in Haryana,Dalal who retires on October 31 quoted statistics regarding crime against women in other states.
However,when asked if this was the only justification available with the state government and Haryana Police,Dalal said: We did not mean that. But it is happening everywhere. States,which are smaller than Haryana,have even more crimes against women. The police have sleepless nights whenever such a crime takes place. We make the best efforts to arrest the accused promptly.
When told that despite rape victims and their parents committing suicide,the accused continue to evade arrests,the DGP said: It is very painful and shocking when a victim ends her life. These days,technology is very advance. Even criminals know how police functions. It takes too much to arrest an accused if he takes refuge 600 km away. But we still coordinate with other state police forces and ensure that the culprit is arrested.
Dalal also blamed the delayed and prolonged judicial trials for the poor conviction rate in crimes against women. Many times,when the trial gets too long and sometimes the investigating officers retire,they lose interest in the case, he added.
Meanwhile,Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has called an emergent meeting of all the top cops in Chandigarh on Friday.