Murthal gang rapes did happen, says HC

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Haryana JaatDays after the Jat stir, Punjab and Haryana High court on June 4 said that there’s no doubt that “mass rape” incidents had taken place in Murthal. The court also directed the investigative agencies to focus on finding the victims and the accused.

A division bench comprising Justice S S Saron and Justice Lisa Gill gave this observation during the hearing of the petition on ongoing case of alleged multiple rapes near Murthal in February.

Earlier, the high court smashed Haryana government for seeking more time in the investigation of the rape cases. Media reports brought into highlight that mass gang rapes took place in Murthal area on February 22 when several women were pulled forcefully out of their cars and were sexually assaulted in the nearby fields during the Jat agitation.

However, these reports were earlier dismissed by the Haryana Police stating that the clothes which were found on the roads might have fallen from the bags of people who were stuck in the crowd during the stir.

Senior advocate Anupam Gupta, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae has blamed Haryana government for deliberately providing the confidential status report to a news portal.

While directing Special Investigation Team to submit its status report on the issue, the bench has adjourned the hearing of the case for July 23.