In yet another baffling incident occurred in Haryana that highlights the safety of women in the state. A 16-year-old girl was raped by her school principal, who is also the owner of the school she studies in, reports Times of India.
While the principal raped the girl, he sent a dummy candidate to take a Class X examination in her place.
The principal and two other women have been booked by the police under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act on Tuesday night. The women were booked for criminal conspiracy as the rape took place in their house. Since Tuesday night, all three are absconding.
The complaint was filed by the victim’s father and in the complaint, he said that as she was having trouble with her examinations, he reached an agreement with the principal to help his daughter clear the exams with a dummy candidate. For this, the father was ready to pay Rs 10,000 as part of the deal, the report added.
The man was directed to pick up his daughter after the exam was over. When he returned to the house where he had left his daughter, she revealed to him that the principal had raped her in connivance with the two women.
Women’s safety had become a big concern in the state in January when six cases of rape were lodged in as many days.
Following the recent rapes and murders in Haryana, DGP B S Sandhu on Tuesday organised a meeting with senior police officers and directed field units to provide maximum priority to cases of crime against women and children.
Several field officers of the rank of Commissioners of Police, IGPs of various police ranges, Superintendents of Police of various districts, among other officers attended the meeting via video conferencing, an official release said here.
Expressing serious concerns over the recent cases of crimes against women, Sandhu directed all field units to put the best resources available with them to detection and prevention of such offences, it said.
“No missing report should be taken casually and prompt action should be initiated. There should be close monitoring at the level of the SP and the Range IGP,” Sandhu said. Notably, two minor Dalit girls were allegedly raped and killed in separate incidents last week, barely a month after a similar case involving a six-year-old girl shook the state.