Instances of filing of rape cases being used as a tool by females are on the rise. In one such instance, a woman from Gurugram has been accused of registering seven rape cases within the span of a year. The Haryana police have received directions from the Haryana State Commission for Women to investigate allegations of filing fake rape cases leveled against the woman.
Woman filed rape cases against 7 Gurugram men
Acting panel Chairperson Preeti Bhardwaj Dalal has written a letter to Haryana’s DGP PK Agarwal asking for the formation of a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the matter. Dalal has pointed out that the woman has allegedly filed seven cases alleging rape in several different police stations of Gurugram district against seven different men in the past year.
Dalal highlighted that the case probably had “linings of criminal activities which may be similar to sexpinage, extortion, femme fatale – honey trapping”. She has also written that “laws are like double-edged weapons. If they are made to protect the rights of a person, they can also be misused to throttle the liberty of opponents”.
The commission took note of the case after activist Deepika Narayan Bharadwaj registered a complaint with the body stating that a 24-year-old married man had been threatened with a rape case this August.
As per reports, the case came to light after the woman filed a seventh police case where she accused a man of raping her after promising marriage. Two of the seven cases have reportedly been found false. The accused is also alleged to have blackmailed the men against whom she filed rape cases and tried forcing them to marry her. Available information suggests the Haryana Police has booked a case against the woman.
Misuse of laws and need for gender neutral laws
“Victims of sexual crimes often complain that the laws need to have a broader definition for punishable offenses, citing instances of coercion, psychological abuse, sexual grooming, etc. However, the latest Haryana case highlights how the existing laws may be misused”, highlights Newsbytes website.
There is an urgent need to revamp the laws and ensure that misuse of laws is prevented by making them gender-neutral.