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Haryana rapes: Incidents unfortunate but don’t politicise it, CM Manohar Lal Khattar tells Opposition

"Such incidents are unfortunate. We'll take strict action and tie up all loose ends. We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers," Khattar said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2018 7:04 pm
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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday urged the opposition parties not to politicise the recent rape cases in the state. Condemning the rise in number of crimes against women, Khattar said, “Such incidents are unfortunate. We’ll take strict action and tie up all loose ends. We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers,” reported news agency ANI.

Khattar’s remarks came in the wake of increasing number of rapes being reported from Haryana. A 15-year old Dalit girl from Kurukshetra was allegedly gangraped and murdered with her body mutilated and injuries all over, including her face, neck, lips and chest. In another incident, an 11-year-old Dalit girl was gangraped and murdered in Panipat district. This comes close on the heels of another incident in which a 45-year-old labourer was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and inserting a wooden stick inside her near Pinjore.

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Listing down the initiatives taken by the government to ensure women safety, Khattar said, “We started ‘Dial 100 Project’, will also begin ‘1090 Project’ so women in danger can immediately contact police. We’ll look into matters, take help of counseling or legal action as the need be.” He also added that special courts will be set up to ensure speedy trial of rape cases. “I appeal political parties to not politicise the issue,” he added.

Meanwhile, stating that rape incidents have been taking place forever, RC Mishra, ADGP Ambala Range said, “It’s part of society. Role of police is to probe, nab criminal & prove things. We’re leaving no stone unturned to do that. We must work to stop such incidents from recurring.”

Former chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, however, hit out at the state government over the law and order situation, asking the CM to step down “on moral grounds.” “The law and order situation in Haryana is worrisome. Four to five incidents of rape being reported within a span of just 48 hours is shocking. The crime graph has been going up during the past three years of Khattar government rule,” Hooda added.

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  1. Chaitanya Agarwal
    Jan 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    The statement of ADGP is very unfortunate.If Police really wish then nobody can dare to do such heinous act.The rapists must be hanged without any mercy.
    1. Amit Bhaumik
      Jan 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm
      Mr. CM, whether such breakdown in the law and order can be bypassed by terming the protests as politicization? This term "politicization" is very handy to belittle the grave political and social concerns.
      1. Vasudevan Venugopal
        Jan 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm
        How long these barbaric atrocities perpetrated on humanity in general and on the disadvantaged sections of the society in particular will go on? It is easier to ask not to politicize these gruesome crimes against the hapless citizens, but from where these heinous animals derive their teeth to perpetuate such depravity? What has been the proactive and preventive role of the State in the matter? I wonder on what basis we call ourselves the best in the world? "Best" in what?
        1. G
          Jan 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm
          what a chief minister has to do with criminals, whose life and upbringing had nothing to do with bjp rule. if something needs to go then its bollywood and the khans who had promoted this lecherous culture.
          1. Suhas Gha
            Jan 17, 2018 at 7:24 pm
            Yes. Mr CM, rape incidences are unfortunate. But instead of initiating and supporting some stupid ideas of banning Padmavat, put some more efforts on law and order. And also ask that yogi maharaj from up to comment on harayana also and not only on karnataka.
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