Murthal Rape Allegations: Woman Files First Rape Complaint

29/02/2016 4:30 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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PANIPAT, INDIA - FEBRUARY 23: A damaged Amusement park on National Highway 1, at Murthal town after Jat protests for reservation in government services turned violent on February 23, 2016 in Panipat, India. Jats are agitating for quotas in jobs and want to be counted as a part of Other Backward Classes, a section that has 27% quotas in government jobs. (Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

SONIPAT -- Days after allegations of rape and molestation by Jat quota agitators near Haryana's Murthal, a woman today came forward and registered a case of gangrape against seven people, including her brother-in-law, in connection with the incident.

"An FIR has been lodged against seven persons in connection with a gangrape on the basis of a complaint filed by a Narela-based woman today," Haryana Police, DIG, Rajshree Singh told reporters.

She said the victim had alleged she was raped on the intervening night of February 22-23 and the perpetrators included her brother-in-law. The complainant said she knew all of them.

The officer, who heads a three-member team of women police officers constituted by the Haryana government to go into alleged incidents of rape and molestation of several women by Jat protesters, however, said a "family dispute" could be the reason behind the woman filing the complaint.

The officer said the victim was not sure about the exact scene of the crime but claimed she was raped in a building near Murthal when she was on way to Narela in Delhi from Haridwar on a van.

The woman, however, said her 15-year-old daughter, who was accompanying her was not raped but her clothes were torn.

The DIG said the woman had called her up yesterday and her statement was recorded today.

Singh said said most of the complaints she was receiving was from men who claimed their vehicles had been damaged by the agitators.

Earlier, some locals, including truck drivers, had claimed they had seen women being dragged to the fields by the protesters. TV channels showed footage of garments worn by women strewn in some places.

Some village heads had, however, trashed their claims and described it as an attempt to defame the people of the area.

Earlier in the day, three truck drivers had denied having witnessed any incident of sexual assault or rape even as Chief Minister M L Khattar said the guilty shall not go unpunished.

Also Read: Murthal Rape Allegations: Haryana Police Claim They Can't Confirm The Incident

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