National Commission for Women team visits Murthal

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Haryana government to submit its reply regarding Murthal gang-rape incident by February 29.

PTI| Updated: Feb 27, 2016, 22:04 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Saturday said a team of National Commission for Women visited Murthal in Haryana to verify reports of alleged gangrape but no 'substantial evidence' has been found so far.

"I have sent a team of National Commission for Women to Murthal. But no substantial evidence has come out so far," Gandhi said.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of media reports about the alleged crime in Murthal during the Jat quota agitation and had asked the Haryana government to submit its reply by February 29.

Haryana Police has set up a committee of three women police officers, including a DIG, to receive any complaint of rape of women during the Jat quota agitation near Murthal village in Sonipat district.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today asked people to share information, if they have any, with the state police regarding the alleged incident of sexual assault of women near Murthal during the Jat quota agitation.

"Those people who possess any information (regarding Murthal incident) must come forward and share it with the police. But we do not understand why the information is not being shared with the police by people (if they have)," Khattar told reporters at Panchkula.

The state government has also set up a helpline number, 18001802057, whereby any person having information about any such incident can share it with the authorities.