Rapes, sexual abuse, an ‘errant’ minister... Haryana in news for all the wrong reasons
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Haryana was in the headlines in 2012 mostly for the wrong reasons. The year saw a spate of rape cases, deteriorating law and order situation, minister going behind bars on charges of abetment of suicide and sexual abuse of women and child inmates at a Rohtak-based shelter home.
2012 was a year of turbulence for Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as well. Be it the issue of land deals between Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's company and DLF, the labour unrest in Maruti Suzuki's plant in Manesar or the arrest of Haryana minister Gopal Kanda — Hooda was targeted by the opposition on various accounts.
Reservation for Jats also dominated the beginning of the year, with Jats from across the state launching a massive stir by blocking railway tracks for about a fortnight. Clash between police and Jats also left one dead.
In May, sexual abuse at Apna Ghar shelter home in Hooda's home district of Rohtak came to light after a team of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights carried out a surprise raid. The home incharge and over 10 accused were arrested. Apna Ghar was followed by another embarrassment for the government in July. Haryana minister Gopal Kanda was arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of abetment to suicide of his former employee Geetika Sharma.
Before the Kanda issue could die down, the state faced a sudden spurt in cases of rapes. In one such incident, a rape victim immolated herself in Sachhakhera village in Jind, forcing Sonia Gandhi to come to the village and meet the victim's family.
Haryana also witnessed severe power crisis this year, with the main opposition INLD accusing the Congress of having favoured a private company, which used outdated and defective equipment in power plants leading to their shut down.