Gang-rape of gang-rape victim: NHRC issues notice to Haryana

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued notice to the Haryana government over the gang-rape of a girl by persons who had gang-raped her three years ago.

Taking cognizance of media reports on the issue, the commission observed that two of the five men, who were out on bail in the earlier case of gang-rape, were pressurising the victim’s family for an out-of-court settlement, but the girl’s family was refusing to accede to the demand.

The commission noted that the family and the victim were not provided any security by the state police.

The victim’s family was also getting threats from the men accused of already having gang-raped her. The family, therefore, shifted to Rohtak.

Two of the five men accused of sexually assaulting the girl in 2013 in Bhiwani, were arrested and recently came out of jail on bail.

They allegedly abducted the 21-year-old victim from near her college, where she is pursing Master’s degree, and again sexually assaulted her. She was left to die in an unconscious state and was spotted by a passerby and taken to a hospital.

The commission has observed that the incident paints a worrisome picture and reflects poorly on the law and order situation Haryana.

It also points to the failure of law enforcement machinery to provide adequate security to people in general and women in particular.

“The commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Government of Haryana, calling for a factual report in the incident within four weeks,” said a statement from the commission.

The state government had filed a case in the court for the arrest of the remaining three and re-arrest of the two accused released on bail.



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