Haryana: Sonipat Police have written to the Haryana DGP saying that there is no evidence of rapes in Murthal.
Despite evidence, Haryana police seem to be in denial, saying that while cars were vandalised on the Murthal Highway during the Jat Agitation, there were no rapes.
While the Haryana government had been constantly maintaining that no rapes had taken place during the Jat agitation, activists and the media have been claiming otherwise, citing evidence of women’s clothing found strewn on the highway. Witnesses soon came forward speaking of the rapes that took place on the Murthal Highway on February 22nd.
Under said pressure, the Haryana government had ordered two probes into the matter and even set up a committee regarding it and also urged the victims to come forward.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, taking suo motu notice of the media reports about the gang rapes, had asked the government and the state police to submit a status report on the issue by Monday. The status report said that no such rapes or incidents of molestation were reported from Haryana’s Sonipat district during the Jat agitation.
A woman from Delhi’s Narela area on Sunday complained that she was gang-raped by seven men on February 22-23 night near Murthal. However, the SIT and other police officers said that preliminary investigations indicated this case was not linked to the Jat agitation.
The police has also said that the statements made by the witnesses have been retracted leaving them with no evidence.