Chandigarh, Jan 17: Amid a series of brutal gang-rapes and murders, a senior police officer in Haryana on Wednesday made a controversial remark and said that the incidents were “part of society”, triggering anger and outrage. Speaking to news agency ANI on recent rapes and killings, RC Mishra, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Ambala Range, said, “It’s part of society. Such incidents have been taking place forever.” Also Read - Haryana Migrant Worker's Daughter Living on the Footpath, Scores 80.4% In Class 10 Board Exams

The role of the police, RC Mishra continued, is to “probe, nab criminals and prove things” and “we’re leaving no stone unturned”. The top cop also assured of strict and rapid action on the murder a 19-year-old youth, who was named in the FIR as the alleged abductor in the savage rape and murder case of a 15-year-old Dalit girl from a village in Kurukshetra district. Also Read - Haryana News: State to Reduce Syllabus For Classes IX to XII Following Pattern of CBSE

Haryana has been rattled by three rape cases – including two of minor girls – in the past one week. The body of a 15-year-old girl was found on January 13 after she went missing on her way to tuition at her village in Kurukshetra. It was revealed that was raped, tortured and killed. The suspected accused was found dead today. His body was found naked and mutilated.

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. Besides, on Saturday night, a 22-year-old woman was abducted and gang-raped for hours by four unidentified men in a sports utility vehicle in Faridabad.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, however, defended his government and assured action against culprits and to ensure women’s safety. “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,” Khattar said, appealing the Opposition not to politicise the issue.