Activists of the women wing of the Congress today took to the streets here to protest the gang rape-and-murder of a 23-year-old woman from Sonipat and accused the state government of failing to provide a safe environment for women. The slogan-shouting and placard-wielding activists of the All India Mahila Congress, led by their chief Shobha Oza, tried to march towards the residence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar but were stopped by the police. The protesters slammed the state government for its alleged failure to improve the worsening law and order situation in Haryana. The decomposed and mutilated body of the gang rape victim was found near the Industrial Model Township in Urban Estate, Rohtak, on May 11, two days after she had gone missing. Stray dogs had bitten away the victim's face and lower portion of her body which was spotted by a passer-by. Oza, who visited the victim's family in Sonipat, said the incident could have been avoided had the police acted promptly. "A shocking incident has taken place which has shaken everyone. The government is insensitive because just a month back, the woman, who was brutally raped and killed, had complained to the police against the accused youth.
But the police did not act. Had they acted, such heinous incident could have been prevented," Oza told reporters here. Oza also submitted a memorandum to the state government, demanding exemplary punishment for the accused. The woman, said to be a divorcee, had been kidnapped from Sonipat on May 9 and taken to Rohtak in a car. Two persons, including the main accused Sumit, have been arrested and the Haryana Police has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case.
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