NEW DELHI: Two weeks after a woman was allegedly gangraped and her nine-month-old baby was killed by three men in Manesar industrial area, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday sent notices to Haryana DGP and Gurgaon police commissioner, asking them to respond on the gruesome incident and the steps being taken for women’s safety in four weeks.

The rights panel asked police commissioners of Delhi, Faridabad and SSPs of Noida and Ghaziabad also to send with their suggestions on whether a joint action drive by the law enforcing agencies in the national capital region (NCR) could be planned and executed to tackle such heinous crimes against women.

The incident, the commission observed, made it clear that “night patrolling on the road by police was not being done”.

It also observed that though the direct involvement of any public servant in the incident was not apparent yet, sorrowful contents in media reports were indicative of an “atmosphere of fear, insecurity and uncertainty prevailing in NCR, especially the places like Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon”.

“Ensuring safety of citizens, especially, women and children, is one of the prime duties of the state. It seems that some conspicuous steps are immediately required to be taken by the law enforcing agencies so that these kinds of incidents do not recur,” the rights panel said.

According to Gurgaon police, the trio had given the woman a lift and taken her to a secluded spot where they took turns to rape her after throwing her baby on a concrete median.

It has been reported that the survivor walked with her injured daughter and reached a factory, where a guard on duty asked her to wait till dawn when the baby was examined by a doctor who told her that her baby was dead. “…The woman travelled with her body of her daughter in a Metro train to reach her parents place at Tughlaqabad in Delhi. There, another doctor examined the baby and declared her dead. Later, the woman again went to Gurgaon to lodge an FIR,” the NHRC said, quoting media reports.

Days after the gruesome incident, the four accused, including a canter driver, were arrested for their alleged involvement. While three of them are facing rape and murder charges, the canter driver was arrested on charge of molestation.

Responding to the report that the rights panel has sent notices seeking his response on the gang rape and murder, Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said, “We have not received any notice yet, but will respond to it once we receive it. I would like to reiterate that one unfortunate incident does not mean that women are not safe on Gurgaon roads.

Meanwhile, in the wake of gang rape of the 19-year-old woman and the murder of her daughter, police are carrying out a drive against erring auto drivers. On Tuesday, police imposed fine on more than 100 auto rickshaws that violated norms.
Anil Kumar, SHO, Manesar police station said all documents of auto rickshaws would be verified during the drive, and more than 40 autos were impounded on Tuesday for flouting norms.