2012 yearender: Haryana remained in news mostly for wrong reasons

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Facing flak from all quarters, a rattled Hooda formed a three-member committee at district levels to investigate, monitor and ensure speedy prosecution of such crimes.

However, what added to the public outcry, was suggestions by khap panchayats to do away with the marriageable age limit, claiming it will check such crimes, and also that consumption of chowmein was behind the growing incidents of rapes as it creates hormonal imbalance.

Adding to the khap sermons, another panchayat banned disc jockeys for "creating noise in marriages and other functions" in Hisar.

Earlier in May, instances of sexual abuse, bonded labour and other forms of torture of inmates of Apna Ghar in Hooda's home district - Rohtak - came to light after a NCPCR team carried out a surprise raid and rescued several inmates including minors and women. The shelter's home caretaker and her son-in-law were among those arrested and the state government handed over the investigations to CBI.

Another incident in November caught police on the wrong foot when a 20-year-old girl student was hacked to death in full public view on the campus of Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology in Hisar, allegedly by a male student after the girl rejected his friendship offer.

Since mid-October, the DLF land issue grabbed headlines and the Hooda government was slammed by Opposition BJP and INLD besides activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal.

The issue of Haryana's first proposed nuclear power plant to be set up in southern district of Fatehabad also remained alive for major part of the year, with former Army chief General V K Singh joining a group of farmers to lend support in their protest to the project. However, by October, majority of farmers accepted the compensation award for acquisition of land for the proposed nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village.

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