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Rohtak gangrape-murder case to be heard by fast-track court

Rohtak gangrape-murder case to be heard by fast-track court
The hearing of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old Dalit woman in Sonipat will be conducted in a fast-track court, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday.

"Such kind of heinous crimes would not be tolerated at any cost in a civilised society and the guilty would be punished," he said.

Meanwhile, a court in Sonipat on Monday sent the two accused to seven days in police remand. The accused will be produced before the Sonipat district court on May 22.

The decomposed and mutilated body of the woman, who went missing from Sonipat on May 9 and was gang-raped and brutally murdered, was found near the Industrial Model Township in Urban Estate, Rohtak, on May 11. Stray dogs had bitten off the face and lower portion of her body.

Two persons, including the main accused Sumit, who is also a Dalit, were arrested by the Haryana Police which has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case.

The sheer brutality of the crime, reminiscent of the 'Nirbhaya' incident in Delhi which triggered nation-wide outrage, occurred barely a month after the BJP-led Haryana government launched 'Operation Durga' to stop harassment of women.

An autopsy of the victim had stated that the bones of the woman's skull were shattered into pieces and "some sharp-edged objects may have been inserted in her private parts".

"The findings suggest that it was a case of brutal rape and murder," said S K Dhatterwal, head of the department of forensic medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak, who conducted the post-mortem examination.

Police said the family of the victim have suspected the involvement of six more persons, out of whom five are related to the main accused.

The kin of the victim have also alleged that they had approached the Sonipat police about a month back with a complaint that Sumit was harassing their daughter, but there was no action.

The chief minister also promised strict action against those involved in the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman at Gurgaon in the state.

The woman from Sikkim was allegedly raped by three men in a moving car and thrown out on a road in Delhi.

10-yr-old pregnant girl's mother wants abortion

Rohtak: The mother of 10-year-old girl, who was found to be five months pregnant after being raped repeatedly allegedly by her stepfather, has moved a city court seeking permission to abort the foetus.

The district court will on Tuesday take a call on the matter, police said today.

"The mother of the victim has moved the court and she wanted an abortion," Rohtak Police (Women police station) Inspector Garima said.

The police said the mother of the victim in her plea has stated that the family was not financially well off therefore, it could not bring up the child. She said she already has four children.

"The court will now decide on the matter tomorrow," the Inspector said.

In a shocking incident, a 10-year-old girl here was found to be five months pregnant after being raped repeatedly allegedly by her stepfather.

The girl's pregnancy was confirmed by the doctors when her mother took her to a hospital.

The accused has been arrested under section 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant section of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.

The family, originally hailing from Bihar, was residing at Durga Colony here.

The mother, in her complaint with the police, had alleged that the girl's stepfather had been raping her for a long time and threatened the victim of dire consequences if she dared to disclose it to anyone.

The girl was admitted to PGIMS.
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