In yet another horrifying crime against women in Haryana, a 13-year-old was raped by a 60-year-old food vendor over a period of three months outside her school.
The incident came to light on Saturday when the girl complained to her father. The girl, a class sixth student, and her two sisters were asked to leave the government school she was studying in by the principal after the incident was reported, IBN Live said.
As per the complaint filed in a police station, the accused has been taken into custody. It was said that the man raped the girl after luring her with food during school hours. The victim and accused were made to undergo medical tests to determine if she was raped. This is the sixteenth case of sexual assault reported from the state in one month.
The latest incident came to light one day after Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced certain measures to check such crimes against women. The state opened a crime against women cell with a 24/7 helpline number. In addition to this, the chief minister also promised the appointment of a special judge to ensure speedy trials of rape cases.
The Haryana government was highly criticized for not taking action about the rise of rape incidents. The state was also under attack after a Khap Panchayat member stated child marriage as the only solution to reduce the number of such incidents.
In the wake of the increasing number of rape cases in the state, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that Centre has taken notice of the situation but it was the State government's duty to look into the crimes.
"We are constantly monitoring it. You know that due to the Constitution we can't interfere. We have to be careful. State government has more responsibility," he said on Friday, according to Press Trust of India.