After submitting a memorandum to Governor Jagannath Pahadia over recent cases of rape in Haryana, Chautala slammed the Congress government in the state for the "worsening" law and order situation.
"Four cases of rape were reported on the very day Congress president Sonia Gandhi came to meet a rape victim in Jind district," the INLD leader claimed.
When asked to respond to Khap panchayats' controversial suggestion, Chautala gave his support, saying it will help curbing such crimes against women.
Following a rise in cases of rape in Haryana, Khap panchayats had suggested doing away with the marriageable age limit, claiming it will check such crimes.
"Boys and girls should be married by the time they turn 16, so that they do not stray... this will decrease the incidents of rape," Sube Singh, a Khap representative had said.
A Dalit girl was allegedly abducted and raped by two youths in Kasba Kalyat area of Kaithal district in the 15th incident of sexual assault on women within a month in Haryana.
The victims included teenaged girls.
Kaithal SP, Kuldeep Singh Yadav said police have registered a case against two youths Rakesh and Pawan under Section 376 (rape) of IPC on the basis of the statement made by the victim after the incident yesterday.
She was also medically examined, he said.
He said the matter was still under investigation and both the accused have been arrested.
The victim made the statement before the magistrate and levelled charges of rape against those arrested.
"Look back at the past, the Mughal sultanate in this country used to misbehave with women and used to kidnap them.
In order to prevent that people started getting their young girls married early so that no one does anything wrong to them.
"....I have seen girls getting married at tender age, the same situation is back again," Chautala said.
Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said Haryana government cannot be blamed for the rise in rape incidents and called for a collective battle against this problem.
The Congress is confident that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be able to deal with the situation and no advice needed be given to him, Renuka told reporters in Delhi.
Congress tries to defend Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Congress was today trying hard to defend Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who is in the line of fire over rape incidents in his state, saying he is "not sitting with hands tied" and argued that crimes against women were happening everywhere.
Party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary said the issue should not be sensationalised by the media even as the state witnessed another rape--the 15th in a month.
Asked as to why the Haryana administration was unable to check the rising incidents of rape, Chowdhury told reporters, "I am not talking about 'A' government....There is an issue in society. All over the world, crime is rising.... It is a challenge.
"The Chief Minister is not sitting with his hands tied. It is an unfair accusation. He is seized of it and he will deal with the matter."
She said that the media "should not be sensationalising" when reporting such incidnets. "Sensitivity should be there when you report these matters."
Chowdhary said that "it is not true that no action is being taken against the culprits in these matters."
She called for a collective battle against this problem.
The Congress spokesperson's defence of Haryana government over the rape controversy came a day after party President Sonia Gandhi visited Jind district and met the family of a Dalit teenaged girl, who immolated herself after being allegedly gang-raped.
Gandhi had said that perpetrators of such "barbaric" crimes must be severely punished.
The Congress spokesperson was also critical of INLD chief Om Prakash Singh Chautala's statement backing the idea of Khap panchayats to reduce the marriageable age of boys and girls to 16 years to curb incidents of sexual assault.
The spokesperson said it was "unfortunate" and that there is a need to bring about a "change in the mindset".
A Dalit girl was allegedly abducted and raped by two youths in Kasba Kalyat area of Kaithal district in the 15th incident of sexual assault on women within a month in Haryana. The victims included teenaged girls.
Chowdhary, who faced a volley of questions on the issue, also dismissed as "nonsense" certain objectionable remarks by Ramdev, suggesting that he should have a broad outlook on the fairer sex.
the c.m. of haryana has staked the welfare of the state and put his favorite people in coveted positions acclaimed for practising casteist politics as the m.l.a of rohtak district.the reality of the c.m of haryana should be nationally made aware to the people .whatever the good work is done by the government ,it is overshadowed by this extreme favouring politics most prevalent inthe state of haryana.the c.m of haryana most blinded by this friendship is jeopardising the welfare of the people and should be disqualified as the head of the state.for a leader of the calibre of the c.m. of haryana , the motto should be duty over self and not the other way. such people have no right to be at the commanding head of a democracy. jaihind.
Just stone these disrespectful beasts to death. I firmly believe that there has to be a vigilante roaming the streets at night to strike terror in the minds of these criminals. Make these criminals feel the terror they think is their prerogative. Do not blame it on the police alone - these are violent criminals and if need be get violent with them. Do not forget - 'defending the fairer sex's rights is part of respecting them'. Stand up - you so called men and next time you see anything untoward - do not be afraid to get bruised - you may actually end up saving a lady's life. Its time that you finally did something to deserve the manhood you think is your birthright. God is great! Stand up to these criminals and you must!
Reducing the marriageable age may not serve the purpose, it will not only increase the population of our country but also endanger life of female, the need is social awareness, control films and electronic media, strictly censure the films T.V rely avoid expressive and violent sex scenes. However still if government feels reducing the marriageable will eliminate or reduce sex crimes it should be with limitation for number of children per couple.
Khap-panchayts of Haryana have got a sort of political vote-bank numbers,and that could be one reason for some of that State's Netas to toe their unique agenda of lowering the age of girls for marriage.Rapist or its gang don't look for age of the victim being raped! We have got rather shocking reports of rapes being committed of women in higher age groups whilst some of them were married too! Khaps/Haryana Netas,are twisting the matter to wriggle out of the criminal acts which are being repeatedly committed in that State,which also shows police could be inefficient,lethargic or could be favouring certain individuals who could be having connections with the Big-s hots there.Laws do exist to deal with rapists,only Police has to become extremely active and implement those laws,irrespective of one's status/caste/religion.Some of the cases being reported also belong to Girls from Dalits.Chautala's remedy or agenda of their Khaps won't help eradicate vice of rapes.
The Coward and shameful Act of menace of Rape incidents be deplored as these incidents are of National Shame . The declining ratio of Females to Males is not responsible for the Rape cases it is our Character that is responsible and our Social Evils . The Government should take strict action against those indulged in shameful Act .
Looks like we have too many fundamentalist in the country rather than progressive people out to develop the country. What a shame, just to deal with a problem we trying to prostitute small girls in the name of Child marriage. All women organizations should raise in one voice, take their slippers and beat this goons. What is needed is string judicial reforms , police reforms, support systems in each city to deal with rapists, would be rapists, molesters etc. But unfortunately BJP has stalled the parliament. It can atleast take up this bill to save girls and women from anti-social elements. What we do not want is a anti-social society to be built in the name of child marraige.
A girl is raped and these insensitive and obnoxious men talk of children not "straying"! There is something very wrong with a society where thugs become politicians, where rapists roam free and victims are punished. When Chautala and men like him become politicians and khaps are seen as guardians of morality, we are in very big trouble. These people are inhuman and chauvinistic. It sickens me to even think that they are the ones who have power. Marital rape is never rape for them. Women are degraded. A country that disrespects its women will never progress. Men like these have to be condemned.
Such a sick nature of people of Haryana.. First of all those who so such things (rape, molest,etc) should be punished severely..