Vastavam web: The Congress stepped up attack on the BJP government Sunday over the gang-rape of a 19-year-old woman in Mahendragarh district, alleging that during its regime Haryana had become a “crime hub”. Senior Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda demanded that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar resign on moral grounds. “The insensitive and arrogant Khattar government has totally failed to control crimes against the daughters of Haryana and he has no right to continue even for a day as the CM,” Surjewala alleged in a statement here.
Hooda, who visited her family in Rewari Sunday, demanded Khattar’s resignation. “Law and order in the state has broken down completely. This is total failure of the government. The chief minister should quit on moral grounds,” he told reporters in Rewari. Hooda said the victim’s family told him that police had not promptly taken action, giving the key accused a chance to flee. Surjewala claimed 1,413 cases of rape were registered in various police stations between September 1, 2017 and September 2018 as compared to 1,193 cases between September 2016 and August 2017.
The number of rape cases during the same period in 2014-15 and 2015-16 were 961 and 1,026 respectively, he added. Revealing a figure from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, Surjewala said, “In 2016, the Haryana Police filed chargesheets in only 56.2 percent of cases, which is the second lowest among all the states and Union Territories of the country. Such unprofessional attitude and ineffectiveness of the state police encourages the culprits as the national average of filing chargesheets is much higher at 78.1 percent.”
“But Haryana reported 1,090 murders, 1,189 rapes, 191 gang-rapes and 4,019 kidnapping and abduction incidents in 2016, which is three murders, three rapes and 11 kidnappings and abductions on an average day. “It is a matter of shame that Haryana has got the highest average of gang-rape cases in the country now,” Surjewala added. Meanwhile, in Chandigarh, Khattar, who reviewed with DGP B S Sandhu the progress in investigation into the gang rape case, reiterated that the accused involved in the incident would be given strict punishment as per law.
“It is most unfortunate when any one known is involved in such a gruesome and heinous incident. Out of the three accused, one is serving in the Army, which is even more unfortunate that such a person is an accused in this case,” he said. The woman, a school topper hailing from Rewari who had been felicitated by the government, was abducted at a bus stop in Kanina town in neighbouring Mahendragarh district on Wednesday while she was on the way to a coaching class, police said.