In a shocking statement, a Haryana top cop on Wednesday claimed that rape was a part of society and police's role was limited to nabbing criminals.
"It's part of society. Such incidents have been taking place since forever. Role of police is to probe, nab criminal and prove things," RC Mishra, ADGP Ambala Range told media when asked about a recent rape incident with a teenager.
Mishra added that the police was leaving no stone unturned to catch the culprits in the rape case. "We must work to stop such incidents from recurring," he added.
His statement has come at a time when the state is reeling under series of crimes against women and the opposition is currently asking for CM Khattar to resign.
"We are investigating and scanning all CCTV cameras in the area. All people related to the case are being interrogated. After we receive FSL report, we can make a further comment," said RC Mishra, ADGP Ambala Range about the rape and murder case of 15-year-old Dalit girl from a village in Kurukshetra district.
Speaking in defense of the ADGP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson for Haryana Jawahar Yadav told CNN News 18 that that words of the ADGP have been misinterpreted. The BJP government is constantly working towards curbing crimes against women, he added
The girl's mutilated body was found on Saturday, around 100 km away in Jind, with the liver and lungs ruptured, 19 severe wounds and signs that an object had been inserted into her.
A 19-year-old Class 12 boy who knew her and was the last to be seen with her was found dead, naked and mutilated, yesterday. The police had been hunting for him since the girl's family reported her missing and named him a suspect.
An 11-year-old girl was also gang-raped and killed in Panipat last week. The police said she was raped, then strangled, and raped again after she was dead.
On Sunday evening, a 22-year-old was allegedly dragged into an SUV and gang-raped for hours in Faridabad.
In lieu of the recent rapes that have taken place, former chief minister BS Hooda met the governor to complain about the failing state of law and order under the BJP government led by Manohar Lal Khattar. The Congress has demanded the dismissal of the state government, reported The Statesman.
The rapes have jolted a state that prides itself on a "Beti Bachao, Beti Padao (save daughters, educate them)" campaign that it says has helped improve its sex ratio to its best ever level.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described the incidents as "unfortunate" and said: "We'll take strict action and tie up all the loose ends. We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers."