Kaithal (Haryana), Oct 10: In yet another case of barbaric incident against the feminine gender, a Dalit girl was gang-raped in Haryana’s Kaithal district last night.
According to reports, the 19-year-old girl was kidnapped and gang-raped by two men in Kalayat area of Kaithal district.
Haryana Police has, however, arrested two accused in connection with this case.
The untoward incident took place hours after Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s Haryana visit, where she met the family of a Dalit teenaged girl, who immolated herself after being allegedly gang-raped in this district.
Gandhi, who was accompanied by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Union Minister Kumari Selja and Haryana Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala during her visit in Haryana’s Jind District, yesterday said perpetrators of such barbaric crimes must be severely punished.
Gandhi visited the family of a Dalit teenaged girl, who immolated herself after being allegedly gang-raped in Haryana’s Jind District on Saturday, and assured them of all help.
The Congress President after meeting the rape victim’s family said those guilty of such heinous crimes, which take place not only in Haryana but elsewhere too, must be severely punished.
Gandhi also rejected the suggestion of a Haryana Khap Panchayat that marriageable age for girls should be reduced to 16 as this will help in curbing the increasing instances of rapes in the state.
“The country has a democratic system and an independent judiciary and the law is in the hands of judiciary and nobody else,” she said.
The Congress Government in Haryana has drawn flak from all quarters for its alleged failure to prevent incidents of crime against Dalits and women.
The 16-year-old girl had sprinkled kerosene and immolated herself after allegedly being gang-raped by two youths in Narwana sub-division of the district.
The victim had breathed her last at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences at Rohtak, where she was rushed from Narwana Civil hospital with 90 percent burn injuries.
14 rape cases have been reported from the Congress-ruled state in the last one month. (ANI)