An OUTRAGE! ‘Most rapes in Haryana consensual’ says Congress leader

Uddari objects in the strongest terms to this outrageous notion of a Congress leader where even RAPE is perceived to be ‘Consensual’. Does the Congress leader KNOW the meaning of these two words? If not, may be he should educate himself before making such assertions since his constituency, Haryana, is the only state with 17 reported cases of rape in 01 month.

CHANDIGARH: Even as the Haryana government continues to scramble to handle the surging rape cases in the state, a Haryana Pardesh Congress committee (HPCC) member Dharamvir Goyat on Thursday brought up fresh embarrassment for the government by terming “majority of rapes in the state as consensual”.

Goyat made this comment while interacting with mediapersons at Hisar.

“If we go into the details of rape cases and abductions, it is found that victims and accused in 90% of cases are runaway couples. So the cases are consensual” he said.

His comments drew immediate flak from the National Commission for Women chairperson Mamata Sharma. She launched a scathing attack on Goyat asking him to “respect women before making tardy assessments of such a heinous crime”.

“Rape is a reproach on Haryana. Rather than suggesting measures to control and set his government’s house in order, he’s inciting more such cases” Sharma told TOI over phone. She said that Haryana remains the only state that has been grappling with two rising social crimes against women – female feticide and rape.

Goyat’s comment come close on the heels of the Opposition leader INLD chief Om Parkash Chautala’s endorsement of the Khap panchayat, seeking lowering of women’s age to marry to prevent rape cases. His comments had created a nationwide stir on Wednesday. Citing marriages in Mughal era, Chautala had said that “people would marry girls early during those days to prevent cases of rapes”

Chautala, however was forced to take back his comments, after the issue drew ire of several women activist groups.

The Congress is already under fire after the party-ruled Haryana state has reported 17 rape cases in the past one month. Congress chief and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had on Tuesday visited Jind where a Dalit teenager had committed suicide after being gangraped by a group of men.

Information pointed to by Ilmana Fasih.


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