Hooda & Co too busy to visit minor rape victim in hospital

17-year-old Dalit girl attempted self immolation on January 11, suffered 95 per cent burns

It seems, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his team have not taken any lessons from the top leadership of Congress when it comes to showing some sensitivity towards a rape victim.

A 17-year-old Dalit girl, who attempted self immolation after being raped in Kharkhauda village of Sonepat, is battling for life in a hospital in Hooda's home district, but neither the CM, nor any of his partymen or cabinet colleagues have bothered to spare time for the victim. This, despite the fact that Hooda was in Rohtak on Tuesday to attend a former Haryana minister's father's Barsi.

The girl, a student of Class 10, was allegedly raped by one of her distant relatives, whom she used to address as Chacha (uncle), on January 5. She narrated the incident to her mother on January 11 and later same day set herself on fire when her parents were not at home. The accused was arrested and is now lodged in jail.

This is the second such case in Haryana in the last few months, where a minor rape victim tried to immolate self. In the earlier incident, wherein a 17-year-old girl immolated self after being gangraped by three persons in Jind district's Sachhakhera village, had exposed the insensitive attitude of the Haryana politicians. Hooda and his team, including Randeep Surjewala, Geeta Bhukkal and various other top leaders reached the victim's family, only after Congress president Sonia Gandhi, accompanied with Union Minister Kumari Selja flew from Delhi to Jind to meet the victim's family.

However, nothing of this sort has happened in the present case even as the victim is battling for life at the Rohtak's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) with over 95 per cent burns. "Only a couple of persons from the welfare department met us, noted down our particulars and went away. The doctors at

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