Update: 2.16 p.m. IST: No cases of gang rape took place in Murthal, Haryana's Sonipat district, during the Jat quota protests, the Haryana Police said in a status report filed Monday at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A Delhi-based woman Sunday filed an FIR saying that she was raped in a building near Murthal by seven men.
The head of the three women police officer team said that the Delhi- based woman's case might be a "family dispute."
The next hearing of the case is on March 14, 2016, reports the New Indian Express.
Original Story: A Delhi-based woman filed an FIR alleging that she was gang raped in Murthal during the Jat quota stir in Haryana, days after the government began advertising for women to come forward if they were assaulted. The woman, who lives in Narela, filed an FIR Sunday against seven men, including her brother-in-law. She said she recognised all the men.
The Haryana government had earlier urged people to file a complaint if they witnessed or were victims of gang rape in the Murthal area of Haryana during the quota protests, after a newspaper published a report alleging that at least 10 women were gang raped. A truck driver Saturday said that he saw a woman being dragged into the fields, but doesn't know what happened to her thereafter. Women's inner-wear, which have been sent for forensic tests, and other items of clothing were also found strewn on roads near the area, reports NDTV.
"An FIR has been lodged against seven persons in connection with a gang rape on the basis of a complaint filed by a Narela-based woman today," The Times of India quoted Haryana Police, DIG, Rajshree Singh as saying.
She said that she was assaulted on Feb. 22-23 night in a building near Murthal while on her way to Delhi from Haridwar, reports TOI. Her 15-year-old daughter accompanied the woman, but she was not assaulted though her clothes were torn.
Residents of the area had denied the claim of gang rape made by the newspaper report.
The Haryana government has said that perpetrators will be punished.
The women and child development ministry has formed an investigation team to look into the alleged crimes, but has been unable to find any clues until now.
The state also formed a team of three women police officers to investigate such complaints. One of them told TOI that the Delhi-based woman could be complaining due to a "family dispute."