SC issues notice to Haryana govt on rising rape cases

A Bench led by Justice R M Lodha took note of a petition that cited 20 cases of rape reported in Haryana in October 2012 alone.

New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2014 1:01 am

The Supreme Court on Monday sought an explanation from the Haryana government over the spate in rape cases and the alleged laxity by the law enforcement agencies.

A Bench led by Justice R M Lodha took note of a petition that cited 20 cases of rape reported in Haryana in October 2012 alone and issued a notice to the state government.

“It is clear from the petition that  20 cases of rape have been reported between October 1, 2012, and October 31, 2012. The matter being very serious, let a notice be issued to the state government,” the court said. As the state’s counsel requested for some time to ascertain the facts of the cases referred to in the petition, the Bench gave Haryana eight weeks to file its reply.

Earlier, appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves brought to the notice of the court the frightful rise in rape cases in Haryana over the past few months. He blamed the lacklustre attitude of the police authorities and improper investigation leading to acquittal of the accused persons.

“There is a clear breakdown of the criminal justice system and complete denial of protection to women specially women belonging to the Dalit class. In most cases, the panchayat or politicians or influential people intervene and force the victim and family of the victim not to register or to withdraw cases against the accused,” stated the petition.

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