As the entire nation is outraged over the gang rape of a 19 years old student who was abducted, drugged and then gang-raped by a dozen men in the Rewari district of Haryana, the chief minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar chose optics over his duty. Khattar who is in the state of Jammu and Kashmir chose to remain mum when asked about his government’s inaction even after three days have passed to the horrific incident when a 19-year-old girl was abducted and later gang-raped by over a dozen men in the Jhajjar area of the district.
“Don’t heckle, you don’t know how to behave when a leader speaks” , Khattar told journalists as they asked him to respond to the allegations of his government’s inaction in the Rewari Gang rape case.
Khattar who has been facing severe criticism for his inaction over the Rewari gang rape was in the frontier town of Nowshera to participate in a religious function. Instead of responding to the queries on the rape, Khattar chose to speak on the “Swatchata Hi Sewa Movement” launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Khattar who chose optics over his duty along with the president of the Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP, Ravinder Raina was seen sweeping a ground.
“If he had to sweep he must sweep the crime from his state, this is an open ground what purpose will it solve by sweeping this ground”, a local resident was heard saying.
Later Khattar visited the Mata Vaishno Devi cave Shrine and the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Gurudwara in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, but his security made it sure that the journalists remain away from him. Khattar who visibly seemed to be uncomfortable with the questions that the journalists were asking him about his inaction in the Rewari Gang Rape, chose to keep the media away at the two venues where he visited later.
As per the information available the rape survivor who hails from the Kosli in Rewari was in news in 2016 for her academic achievement, on Wednesday she was abducted from Kanina in Mahendragarh by three college students soon after she had left home for her coaching classes. As per her statement she was driven to fields in Jhajjar and was raped by over a dozen men after she was drugged, she was later dumped at the same bus stand in Kanina where she was abducted. The rape survivor’s parents have also been alleging that the police have taken no action against the culprits.
Meanwhile, the police have constituted a special investigation team and released the photographs of three of the accused besides announcing a cash reward of one Lakh for the person giving information about the accused. However, at the time when the chief minister of the state should be addressing the most important issue of safety of the women in his state, he is enjoying the hospitality of his friends and colleagues in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.