No Govt largesse to rape accused in Haryana: Khattar

| | Chandigarh

Those accused of rape or eve-teasing will no longer be given State facilities like old-age or disability pension as well as driving or arm licenses till they are acquitted by the court, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Thursday.

In case the accused is convicted and sentenced, he would be disentitled to these Government facilities for good, he added.

The Chief Minister made the announcements at a public function organised under the 'Ek Aur Sudhar Programme' at Panchkula near here.

Reiterating his Government’s commitment to make Haryana the number one State in the country in terms of safety and security of women and girls, Khattar said a comprehensive scheme on the issue would soon be launched; either on the Independence Day or on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

The Chief Minister said if a rape victim desired to hire a lawyer of her choice besides the prosecution counsel, she would be given Rs 22,000 for paying the fee to her advocate.

The State would also soon provide for uninterrupted and speedy probe in all cases of rape and eve-teasing, he said.

The investigation officers will have to complete the probe into rape cases in one month and in eve-teasing within 15 days, or else action would be taken against them, he said.

Khattar said six fast-track courts to deal with crimes against women would be set up in five districts.

The districts which would get new fast-track courts are Faridabad (two courts), Gurugram, Panipat, Sonipat and Nuh.

“I would shortly meet the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to request him to issue necessary directions to the court to record the statement of a woman on the same day, and not to adjourn the hearing,” he added.

Khattar said the 9th to 12th class girl students would be trained in self-defence for which instructors would be appointed in all girls schools having over 50 students in classes 9th and 10th.

He also said the Chhatra Parivahan Suraksha Scheme would be implemented to provide free transport facility to girl students.

Under the scheme, in case of villages having no high or senior secondary school within three kms, the facility of bus, mini-bus or tempo would be made available. The free transport facility would also be provided if the 9th and 10th class girl students of a village have to go to far away school or want to pursue science or commerce stream in 11th and 12th class, he said.

The expenditure for this facility would be borne by the government, he added.

To provide a safe and secure atmosphere to women during the night, 2,100 new posts for appointment of ex-servicemen as Special Police Officers for night patrolling have been sanctioned, said Khattar, adding that this is on the pattern of 1,000 such appointments made two months ago in Gurugram.

Day-time patrolling too would be carried out in areas where girls and women stay alone in their houses, he said.

“Women have occupied a special place in our society since time immemorial but with the passage of time, the approach towards women has changed and our inclination towards the western culture is responsible for this. There is a dire need to change this attitude to develop a sense of respect for women," said an official statement, quoting the Chief Minister.

During the 44-month tenure of our government, we have opened 44 new colleges, including 29 women colleges, he said.



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