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Responsibility of Haryana govt to check rapes: Shinde

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October 10, 2012 20:48 IST
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In the wake of several incidents of rape in Haryana, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday said the Central government was constantly monitoring the situation there but it was the responsibility of the state government to check such crimes.

"We are constantly monitoring it. You know that due to the Constitution we can't interfere. We have to be careful. State government has more responsibility," he said at a press conference in New Delhi.

Shinde said United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had met family members of one of the rape victims yesterday in a Haryana village and efforts were being made to stop such crimes. "It is a very sad matter that such atrocities are being committed against Dalits. We are discussing how to take strict measures. Our people have spoken to the DGP and I will also speak to the chief minister," he said.

Asked about activities of Khap panchayats in Haryana, which often issue diktats to society members on different issues, the home minister said, "In India, we have to abide by the Indian law."

On the allegations of withdrawal of security cover to some Congress leaders in Punjab, Shinde said security should be given those whose threat perception was high. "I have written to Uttar Pradesh (government), I have written to Punjab (government). It is the responsibility of both states and the Central governments to provide security to those whose threat perception is high," he said.

On the investigation into the August 1 Pune blast, he said, "We have gone ahead and we would be successful in Pune investigation."

Asked whether there was any progress on Telangana issue, the home minister said some discussion was going on with some MPs and MLAs but there was no progress as such.

"There is no discussion about all party meeting now. We are discussing. I am discussing with many people, MPs, MLAs and others," he said.

Shinde, however, said there was no discussion with Telangana Rashtra Samiti as no one from the regional party has come to discuss with him.

Asked about allegations against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, he said everyday something or the other was coming out in the media but if someone has any issue, they should approach court.

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