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What drove Sonia Gandhi to visit rape victim's family in Jind?
A series of rape cases has prompted UPA chief Sonia Gandhi to pay a visit to the family of a victim in Haryana. Is it the sympathy, a concern for the people of this country or the insecurity to lose power as elections are drawing nearer, which has driven Ms Gandhi to Jind district?

WHILE SOME people attribute rising rape cases to skewed sex ratio in Haryana, others call them a result of increasing frsutration and anger, but truth is that it is a consequence of failing social order, lack of social responsibility and a strict administration.

Now when media highlighted 13 rapes in just a period of one month in the state, UPA president Sonia Gandhi decided to visit one of the victim's family who committed suicide after the horrible incident in Jind.

What are the motives behind Ms Gandhi's deccision is best known to her only, but many see it as a strange move from the UPA president. Though she might have some kind of sympathy towards the victim and her family but what about all those girls who had been molested, abused and raped earlier.

"I know these cruel incidents are on the rise...I strongly condemn this horrifying act. Will take strict action against offenders, culprits won't go unpunished," Ms Gandhi told media after meeting the victim's family in the Jind district.

Last month also, a teenage Dalit girl was raped by a group of around a dozen men in Hisar. They also filmed the incident on a cellphone and circulated the MMS. Unable to cope up with the  situation, given the social stigma attached to it, the girl's father killed himself. The villagers also protested against police inaction for almost a month, which finally forced the police to take action.

On October 4, a newly-married woman registered a complaint saying she was allegedly abducted and raped by four men at Banwasa village under Gohana sub-division in Haryana's Sonipat district. In another incident, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 45-year-old neighbour in Rohtak, last week.

In the same area, a minor, mentally-challenged was allegedly raped. The 15-year-old victim was allegedly lured by three women relatives in Kachchi Garhi Mohalla colony of Rohtak and then raped by a man in an abandoned house. Last week, a teenaged girl was gang-raped by four men in Gohana town in Haryana's Sonipat district.

All these incidents are a proof of shameless inhuman acts of people who are (in some cases) helped by some women also. Some cases have witnessed the inaction from police too. The question is why can't our police and government become proactive to prevent these horrible crimes, which not only ruin people physically but also their self respect for whole life.

The general attitude of people in Haryana is "police to hamari jeib me hain"and that is the exact reason, which lets these spoiled brats roam freely and do whatever they want to.

On the other hand, this once in a while visit of Ms Gandhi and sympathetic statements are also doubtful. When Congress found that elections are approaching, they suddenly woke up from the slumber and realized that they should do something for these victims.

One may ask what was Ms Gandhi doing when Delhi became the hub of serial rapes (including Dhaula Kuan case). What she was doing in last eight years; why they wake up only when elections draw nearer. She did not pay any visit or didn't even bother to pass any kind of statements during that period.

In couple of rape cases, police officials have been found involved too. So Haryana government has a tougher job at hand. This has also sent shockwaves across the state, as policemen, who are seen as saviours can't be expected to get involved in this disgusting crime.

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