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Sonepat sisters case: Rohtak panchayats form panel to resolve molestation issue

A month after the alleged molestation of two Sonepat sisters by three youths of Rohtak’s Asan village made national headlines, the panchayats of neighbouring Kansala, Baketa and Humanyupur have formed a 33-member committee to resolve the issue at their level.

punjab Updated: Dec 26, 2014 19:58 IST
Sat Singh

A month after the alleged molestation of two Sonepat sisters by three youths of Rohtak’s Asan village made national headlines, the panchayats of neighbouring Kansala, Baketa and Humanyupur have formed a 33-member committee to resolve the issue at their level.

On Friday, the elders of the three villages gathered to discuss ways to curb eve-teasing and crimes against women. After about two hours, they passed a resolution to form this committee with an equal number of members from each of the three villages for a settlement.

The committee would put this issue before a bigger khap panchayat “but without interfering in court’s proceedings and police investigations”, he added. Rambir, Kansala village sarpanch, who presided over the Friday’s meeting, told the media that the khaps and other social organisations could solve the molestation issue amicably, while the court could not. “It is important to maintaining social fabric,” he said.

On November 28, sisters Aarti and Pooja of Thanakhurd village in Sonepat district had accused Asan’s Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak of molesting them aboard a roadways bus near Rohtak and a mobile-phone video of their thrashing the men had gone viral on social-networking websites. After a case was registered against the three men, more videos of the sisters’ serial brave acts that came out brought their claims into doubt.

Recently, the accused and the complainants underwent polygraph (lie-detector) test at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters in Delhi. Suraj Bhan, convener of the panchayat committee formed on Friday said its members would meet the relatives of the sisters as well as the youths to ensure that the issue was not dragged further. “It (the controversy) is sending a wrong message to society; and if both parties agree, there can be a solution on the social platform,” said Suraj Bhan.