Four rapes, mostly of minors, in the last four days in Haryana have raised serious questions about women’s safety in the northern state.
The assaults on women and girls — and mutilation of their private parts, in some cases — remind of the brutal gang rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in Delhi in December 2016 that led to a huge uproar across the country. Delhi was then called the rape capital of the country.
For Haryana, which has been known for a very poor sex ratio, the incidents come at a time when the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government announced that the number of girls born in the state had touched an all-time high of 914 per 1,000 boys in 2017.
48-year-old held for sexually assaulting, brutalising 10-year-old
A 48-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl and inserted a stick into her private parts in Pinjore on Saturday. Based on a complaint by the girl’s mother, the man, who was their neighbour, was arrested on Sunday.
Neighbours rape 11-year-old in Panipat
The semi-naked body of an 11-year-old girl was recovered in Panipat on Sunday. Police arrested two of her neighbours, who confessed to having raped and murdered her, the superintendent of police said.
Kurukshetra minor’s gang rape: Kin allege police inaction
The family of a 15-year-old Kurukshetra girl who was gang raped and murdered on Friday, have accused the police of inaction. Medical examination revealed the girl was raped by multiple persons and a blunt object was inserted into her private parts. The Kurukshetra SP said the main accused, a Class 12 student, and his accomplices are on the run. The girl was a good student and aspired to be a doctor, according to her family.
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