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Haryana has become crime hub under BJP government: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The stepped up attack on the BJP government Sunday over the gang-rape of a 19-year-old woman in district, alleging that during its regime had become a "crime hub".

Senior leaders Randeep and former demanded that resign on moral grounds.

"The insensitive and arrogant has totally failed to control crimes against the daughters of and he has no right to continue even for a day as the CM," Surjewala alleged in a statement here.

The young woman from Rewari was allegedly abducted and gangraped while she ws on her way to coaching classes and the three key accused, including an man, continued, to evade arrest.

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 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.

Launching a scathing attack, Surjewala said, "It is shocking that despite the national concern and loud claims by the state police, the key culprits of the heinous crime are roaming free for four days now."

"has become a crime hub under Official figures prove that crimes against women have increased by 47 per cent since the BJP government came to power four years ago," the alleged.

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 (NCRB) data, Surjewala said, "In 2016, the 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 encourages the culprits as the national average of filing chargesheets is much higher at 78.1 percent."

Slamming the BJP government, Surjewala said, "The truth is the state government, which vows to save daughters has made the state a witness to the most number of rapes and gang-rapes."

He said NCRB figures for the year 2016 are available at present as NCRB data for the years 2017 and 2018 have not been released.

"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 case, reiterated that the accused involved in the incident would be given strict punishment as per law.

He hoped that they would be nabbed soon.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister told reporters in Pathankot that in the case, all the three accused were known to the victim.

"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 district on Wednesday while she was on the way to a coaching class, police said.

She was then allegedly drugged and gangraped at a secluded spot in the fields.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 19:50 IST