Decrying the failure of ruling Congress government in checking the spate of rapes in Haryana, the opposition parties Indian National Lok Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party-Haryana Janhit Congress have mounted pressure on it demanding from governor Jagannath Pahadia for calling a special session of Vidhan Sabha and Congress government’s dismissal, respectively.
Led by INLD chief and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, around 30 party MLAs submitted a memorandum to governor in the context in Chandigarh on Wednesday demanding immediate special session of Assembly on the government’s failure to check atrocities on women, most of them from dalit community.
Bemoaning the deteriorating law and order situation ever since the Congress government led by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda came to power about eight years ago, Chautala told newspersons that while the situation was getting worse with every passing day, more than 24 cases of rapes during the past about a month had shocked the state like never before.
"Such is the situation created by the misrule of Hooda government that Haryana today is known as a state of rapes", he said and added that while there had been 733 cases of rapes in 2011, about 507 such cases had already been registered in the state to this date.
Stating that the INLD MLAs had also urged upon governor Jagannath Pahadia for fast track court for the trial of all the said cases and direct Hooda government to call a special session of the Assembly on the issue.
Chautala, however, also sought assurance from Pahadia to direct treasury benches not to suspended Opposition for the entire session as had been ruling party’s practice in the past.
Chautala to lower marriageable age
Chief minister Chautala favoured lowering the marriage age of girls in the wake of rapes in Haryana.
When asked if he supported the Khap panchayats’ suggestion to lower the marriage age of girls to curb such crimes, Chautala said that the day is not far when the people of Haryana would have to adopt the old tradition of early marriage.
"It was the fear for their daughters in the Mughal period when the plunderers targeted and raped Indian girls that parents thus used to marry off their daughters in infancy. If the rapes and gang rapes would go on the way these are going today in Haryana, people would again have to adopt that tradition’’, he said.
The Khap panchayats in Haryana have suggested to the government to lower the marriage age of girls to 16 year to check crimes such as rapes.
The panchayats gave this suggestion after a maha panchayat at Rohtak on September 28.
BJP-HJC for Hooda govt’s dismissal
Meanwhile, a delegation of BJP and HJC women leaders including an MLA each of the two parties namely Kavita Jain and Renuka Bishnoi, also called on Pahadia and submitted a memorandum seeking immediate dismissal of the Hooda government.
Later talking to newspersons, the leaders said it was because of the collapse of the law and order situation in Haryana that the state was daily witnessing three murders, two abductions and as many rapes today and thus stood as 12th most crime-ridden state in country.
The BJP-HJC leaders also threatened to launch a statewide stir if the Hooda government would not be immediately dismissed.