New Delhi, May 31: The committee headed by retired police officer Prakash Singh, probing the administrative and police inaction during the Jat violence, has concluded that ‘mass rape’ was indeed committed in Murthal during the intervening night of February 22 and February 23. The committee report claims that the rape victim ran into nearby dhabas without their clothes to seek refuge.Also Read - Indian Army Recruitment 2021: Apply Online For Clerical, Technical Posts Today | Check Rally Venue, Other Details Here
Haryana Police had earlier been denying the allegations of rape levelled against the Jat protesters of Murthal. Due to lack of witnesses, the civil society, along with the media could not exert sufficient amount of pressure on the government. Although, there were female undergarments found in nearby bushes, the absolute hostility of victims and local eye-witnesses, allowed the security forces to initially deny the occurrence of any sort of mass rapes. (ALSO READ: Murthal gang-rapes: Eyewitness receives threat call, says ‘warned for speaking against Jats’) Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Haryana Govt Hikes Dearness Allowance For State Employees to 28% From July 1
However, a Haryana court on Monday, observed that the mass rapes in Murthal on the night of February 22 has been confirmed by dhaba owners, NDTV reported. Senior advocate Anupam Gupta, who is keenly monitoring the case, has also accepted that women without clothes rushed into nearby dhabas to seek refuge. Most of the dhaba owners showed generosity and provided shelter and clothing to the victims. Also Read - Haryana Issues Fresh Lockdown Guidelines with More Relaxations, Check Full Details Inside
According to media reports, based upon witnesses who have spoken to news channels and publications on condition of anonymity, there were at least 10 women were raped on that unfortunate night. The number of perpetrators has been stated as 40. The hooligans are said to be members of the Jat community.