NCW steps in Haryana gangrape; 3 still on run

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Chandigarh/ New Delhi, Sept. 15: The Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women stepped in Satur­day as an Army man and two oth­ers ac­cused of rap­ing a young woman in Haryana's Ma­hen­dra­garh district three days ago con­tin­ued to evade ar­rest.

A top com­man­der said the Army will help the po­lice in the probe.

The Haryana po­lice set up a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team and an­nounced a re­ward of ` 1 lakh for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to their ar­rest.

The vic­tim’s fa­ther has said 8 or 10 men may have raped her but she could iden­tify only three of them.

The woman, a school top­per who had been fe­lic­i­tated by the gov­ern­ment, was ab­ducted at a bus stop in Kan­ina town on Wed­nes­day while she­was on the way to a coach­ing class, po­lice said.

She was then allegedly drugged and gan­graped at a se­cluded spot.

Haryana’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice B. S. Sandhu con­firmed Satur­day that one of the ac­cused is an Army man posted in Ra­jasthan.

A po­lice team has been sent there, “and I hope that he will be ar­rested to­day,” he told re­porters.

Sandhu said the army man was on leave and ex­pected to re­join later in the day. In Jaipur, Lt Gen Cher­ish Math­son, who heads the South Western Com­mand, said the Army will help bring the rape ac­cused to book. “We do not shel­ter crim­i­nals. We would fa­cil­i­tate in search­ing out the ac­cused,” he told re­porters.

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