A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of eight members was constituted to probe the gangrape case of a 19-year-old girl in Haryana on Saturday. Three days ago, the victim had approached the police alleging that she was kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped by three people. The police have released pictures of the accused and announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for any information or lead on their whereabouts.
One of the three accused is an Army personnel who was on leave, said a senior police officer. According to the FIR, the incident took place when the victim was returning from a coaching center. She alleged that the accused abducted her and took her to a secluded place where he offered her a sedated drink and then raped her. “There will be clarity in the case only after the arrest of the accused,” the police official said.
Also on Saturday, the National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma stepped in and informed she had sent a team to Rewari and plans to talk to the SIT, SP and the victim’s family. She further claimed that she would pay a visit to Rewari and talk to the police officers, in case speaking to everybody is not enough, ANI reported.
The victim was admitted to a hospital on Friday, where she has been kept under the supervision of doctors. The girl is likely to record her statement before a magistrate on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that there was negligence on part of the police and administration in the handling of the case and called for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s resignation. “If the state government is not capable in arresting the accused in the next 24 hours, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should give his resignation on moral grounds,” he said.