Rapes “part of society”, says Haryana senior police officer, instigate outrage

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RC Mishra

In the midst of shock more than three ferocious rape and killings, a senior cop in Haryana dubiously said today that the incidents were “part of society”.

RC Mishra, an additional director general of police, has incited outrage with a comment about the rape-murders that is being viewed as harsh. “It’s part of society. Such incidents have been occurring always,” he said to news agency.

The part of the police, he proceeded, was to “investigate, catch offenders and prove things” and “we’re investigating every possibility”.

A 15-year-old teen was raped, assaulted and killed a week ago, days after she went missing on her way to tuition at her village in Kurukshetra. The girl’s mutilated body was found on Saturday, around 100 km away in Jind, with the liver and lungs ruptured, 19 extreme injuries and signs that an object had been embedded into her.

A 19-year-old Class 12 kid who knew her and was the last to be seen with her was discovered dead, stripped and mutilated, yesterday. The police had been chasing for him since the teen’s family announced her missing and named him a suspect.

An 11-year-old girl was also assaulted, gang-raped and executed in Panipat a week ago. The police said she was raped, then strangled, and raped again after she was dead.

On Sunday evening, a 22-year-old was allegedly dragged into an SUV and gang-raped for hours in Faridabad.

The assaults have shocked an express that prides itself on a “Beti Bachao, Beti Padao (save daughters, educate them)” campaign that it says has helped improve its sex ratio to its best ever level.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described the incidents as “unfortunate” and said: “We’ll take strict action and tie up all the loose ends. We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers.”

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