New Delhi, Jan 17: A series of brutal gangrapes and murders in Haryana forced Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to come in defence of his government. Khattar, while listing the steps taken by the BJP government for safety of women, stressed that strict action will be taken against the culprits. Also Read - Haryana News: Schools Will Reopen After August 15, Only Final Year College Students Will Have to Take Exams

Khattar, who is under intense pressure over the rising crime graph in Haryana, also appealed the Opposition not to politicise the issue. Also Read - Unlock 1: Schools in Haryana to Reopen in July in a Phased Manner | Here is The Plan

“Such incidents are unfortunate. We’ll take strict action and tie up all loose ends. We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers. I appeal political parties to not politicise the issue,” Khattar said on the on multiple rape incidents in the state Also Read - In Its First Meet, Haryana Cabinet Hikes Ministers' HRA by 100% to Rs 1 Lakh Per Month

“We started ‘Dial 100 Project’, will also begin ‘1090 Project’ so women in danger can immediately contact police. We’ll look into matters, take help of counseling or legal action as the need be. We’ve set up special courts for speedy trials of such cases,” the CM added.

Congress Demands President’s Rule

Moments after Khattar’s statement, former CM BS Hooda trained his guns on the BJP government and said law and order has collapsed completely in the state. Hooda, who headed a Congress government in Haryana from 2004 to 2014, demanded that President’s Rule be imposed in the state. (Also Read: Haryana Horror: 3 Days, 3 Gangrape Cases; 2 Victims Killed)

“We met Governor over failure of law and order in the state. Multiple rape incidents make us hang our head low in shame. State govt must resign on moral grounds. We’ve asked the Guv to dismiss govt, if they don’t resign and impose President’s rule here,” Hooda told reporters after his meeting with Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki

Multiple Rape Cases in Haryana in Less Than a Week

Haryana has been rattled by three rape cases – including two of minor girls – in the past one week.

A 15-year-old Class 10 student in Kurukshetra district was gang-raped and her private parts mutilated after her murder in Jind district. The victim was reported missing on January 9 after she left her home for tuition. A Class 12 student has been detained for questioning. (Also Read: Woman gang-raped in moving car in Faridabad)

The suspected accused in case was on Wednesday (January 17) found dead in Kurukshetra. Police on January 15 had launched a manhunt to nab the suspected accused, a day after the half-naked body of the minor was found with injury marks near a canal in Budhakhera village of Jind district.

An 11-year-old Dalit girl was raped and murdered allegedly by her two neighbours in Panipat district on Saturday night. Accused Pradeep Kumar, 27, and Sagar, 22, lured the victim away when she went out of her house to throw garbage. Both accused have been arrested.

On Saturday night, a 22-year-old woman was abducted and gang-raped by four unidentified men in a sport utility vehicle.