New Delhi: India has been jolted with consecutive incidents of rape and concerns have been raised on how to stop such heinous acts.
A 15 year old girl belonging to a Dalit family in Haryana village was kidnapped and raped last year while she was going school. The perpetrators of the incident belong to an influential family in Chotikalasi village tehsil Nilokheri, Haryana. While she was released by the alleged criminals, she was ordered to come back to them every 10 days or else her parents would be killed.
The girl informed her mother about what she went through and ultimately her father also came to know. The tests confirmed that she was victim of sexual assault and hence case was lodged against the alleged perpetrators.
When the school principal came to know about the incident, he struck her name off from the school records rather than assisting her for rehabilitation process. The story didn’t end there as the kidnappers abducted the mother of the victim and shot her to death. When victim’s father launched FIR against wife’s murder and rape of the daughter, the police refused to register the case and tore his complaint.
The Dalit family suffered worst form of treatment and had no other option to register the case elsewhere. Thus a chargesheet was filed on November 1 last year in Bhutana police station in Karnal regarding the subsequent incidents.
The influential family continue to hound the Dalit family forcing them to withdraw the charges against the alleged perpetrators. Thus, father decided to file a petition to the Supreme Court, as no other option seemed to work in their favour.
The petition said, “The uncle and father of Aman (one of the accused) – Joginder Singh and Sultan Singh – threatened the petitioner that just as his wife was killed, he too would be killed”.
Although the uncle and father of the accused have been arrested by the police, the threat still exists according to petitioner’s counsel Colin Gonsalves. In response, the Supreme Court bench responded with shock and disgust, “Something appears to have broken down in society and in the law-enforcing machinery. The authorities need to explain”.
The court issued notices to the administrators of Union Territories and chief secretaries of states and demanded about the details of the healing steps taken so far by them. In response, the petitioner stated that the government of Haryana has paid Rs. 3.75 lacs for wife’s murder where as Rs. 60,000 for the daughter’s gang rape.