Human rights abuse of woman with mental disability in Haryana

National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled
36, Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla Lane, New Delhi 110001
Email: nprd.in@gmail.com; Tel. 9868768543

February 9, 2015

Press Statement

The Executive Committee of the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) condemns the brutal rape and murder of a woman with a mental disability in Rohtak district of Haryana. The badly mutilated body of the woman who went missing on February 1 was found two days back. Had the police acted swiftly in trying to trace the missing lady immediately after the family lodged a missing person’s complaint, it was likely that this tragic incident could have been avoided.

Apart from the heinous crime of rape, what is even more shocking is the nature of the injuries and violence inflicted on the woman, revealing the perverted and dastardly mentality of the perpetrators. Even while a crime of this nature on any woman is unpardonable, the fact that the woman had a mental disability made her more vulnerable, a condition that was taken advantage of by the criminals.

Volunteers of the Haryana affiliate of the NPRD, Haryana Viklang Adhikar Manch, joined the protests yesterday at Rohtak along with other organisations. They also independently held protests at Jind and Kaithal. A NPRD delegation will be meeting the victim’s family tomorrow to express solidarity in its fight for justice.

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