Congress plays down Hisar leader Goyat's remark on rape victims

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 07:00 hrs

Congress leader Jagdambika Pal on Friday played down the comments made by Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) member Dharamvir Goyat that 90 percent rapes are consensual, saying UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the government has made it clear that stringent against will be initiated against those found guilty in connection with these cases.

"The government has made its views very clear on the issue that strict against will be initiated against those found guilty in connection with these cases. As far as the Congress Party is concerned, the nation president herself taking seriousness of these untoward incidents visited the family members of a victim and she has also asked the chief minister to ensure that the state government initiates stringent action against these cases," said Pal.

Pal further said that he was not aware of the fact whether Goyat was a member of the Hisar Congress, and added that the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee would give a reply on it.

"I don't know who is he of the Hisar Congress, whether he is of the Congress or not that the Haryana Pradesh Committee will answer. But I believe that a comment of this type is not that of the Congress," he said.

Goyat, a member of the Hisar Congress, shockingly choosing to blame the rape victims.

"I want to tell you that 90 percent of the girls willingly go and then they meet people with criminal designs and the girl is not even aware that there are five -seven other men waiting for her. So, 90 percent of these girls go willingly and then they encounter criminals. That's all I want to say."

Goyat's comment has come as a huge embarrassment for the Congress Party, as it comes just days after Sonia Gandhi's Jind visit where she met the family of a rape victim and clearly stated that such heinous acts will not be tolerated,

Congress President Sonia Gandhi visited the home of a Dalit rape victim in Jind, Haryana, on Tuesday and promised stringent action against those guilty.

Gandhi had e also rejected the Khap Panchayat's suggestion.

"The country has a democratic system and an independent judiciary and the law is in the hands of judiciary and nobody else," she told mediapersons in Haryana's Jind District yesterday, where she met the family of a Dalit teenaged girl, who immolated herself after being allegedly gang-raped on Saturday.

The Congress Government in Haryana-led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda has drawn flak from all quarters for its alleged failure to prevent incidents of crime against Dalits and women.

19 cases of sexual assault have been reported in various parts of Haryana during the past one-month on women that include many teenaged girls.

The latest being the rape of a six-year-old girl by three men in Haryana's posh Gurgaon, a Delhi suburb, on Thursday. The child was allegedly lured with a chocolate to a secluded place in Gurgaon West and raped. (ANI)

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