Village councils in Haryana today suggested that the age limit fixed for marriages should be abolished to avoid rape cases.
"Boys and girls should be married by the time they turn 16 years old, so that they do not stray. This will decrease the incidents of rape," said Sube Singh, a Khap representative.
Another member of the Khap panchayat (village council) said that “as soon as the children attain puberty, it is natural for them to have sexual desires. There should not be any minimum age limit for marriage."
The comments came after the state was rocked with 11 incidents of rape last month.
A teenaged dalit girl had immolated herself after being allegedly raped in Narwana area in Jind district.
All five accused, including a policeman, in the case have been arrested.
State Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has assured that the culprits will not be spared.
Meanwhile, the ruling Congress government in the state has termed the incidents as a "conspiracy to malign the government".
The state Congress chief Phool Chand Mulana said, "such incidents used to happen earlier also," claiming that now they were being sensationalized.
Concerned over teenaged girls being targeted, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights stepped in yesterday seeking explanation from the state government in each case, including action taken against culprits.
It said the recent incidents have emphasized the need to focus on several issues, including the skewed sex ratio in the state.
"We feel that in Haryana, it is not the sole issue which is coming to limelight. You have seen the sex ratio as well. There has been only 830/1000 girls," she said.
Source: ndtv.com, ndtv.com
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