Haryana, infamous for gang-rapes, skewed sex ratio and honor killings has now touched a new horizon. It has now become infamous for the land of animal rapists. The 25th of this July marked a new stigma on the face of the state, when an incident of alleged gang-rape of a pregnant goat came into light. An FIR has been registered against eight men for allegedly gang-raping a pregnant goat, which led to its death, in Mewat area of Haryana state. The complaints were filed under Sections 377 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and Sections 11(1)(a) and 11(1)(l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. As per media reports, Asalu, the owner of the victim goat lodged an FIR on 26th July with Nagina police station.
Just ten days before the barbarous incident took place, a case of alleged sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman from Chandigarh at Morni Hills in Haryana by at least 40 men came into light raising a question mark over the workings of the state police and the governance. The woman in her complaint lodged with Chandigarh's Manimajra police station, reported that she was held captive at a guest house in Kaimbwala village, and was raped by at least 40 men from July 15 to 18.
If we look at the NCRB figures, it is found that Haryana has become the capital city of gang-rapes. In 2016, there are 1.5 gang-rapes per one lakh population in Haryana; highest in India with a national average of 0.3.
Haryana has skewed sex ratio and is touted as one of the major reasons behind rapes. As per 2011 census, there are 834 girls per thousand boy.
The Government of Haryana is claiming a great success in increasing the sex ratio d last three years. It claims that the state government has succeeded in lifting up the sex ratio at birth from 876 (2015), 900 (2016) to 914 in 2017 under PM's Beti Bachao –Beti Padhao Programme. But, even if this claimed success of the state government is taken into account, it will take more than 15 years for the girls to attain the marriageable age. Should we leave the present condition to continue till next 15 years? The state government should come up with the other effective regulatory and preventive measures to curb the rapes in the state.
Committees comprising of sociologists, psychologists, legal experts, NGOs, police officers, social workers and journalists covering such incidents at different levels should be constituted and consulted to search the root causes of the evil. Every gang-rape should be thoroughly investigated analysing the mental, marital status and social back ground of the rapists and the victim, so that adequate measures can be taken. It is well known fact that without knowing the root of a disease, no remedy can be found out.