Days after allegations of rape and molestation by Jat quota agitators near Haryana’s Murthal, a woman on Sunday 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 said.
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 on Saturday and her statement was recorded Sunday.
Singh said most of the complaints she was receiving were 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.