Haryana is a small state adjacent to the national capital Delhi. It is in the news as not a day passes without a girl being raped. Most of the girls raped are from the scheduled and backward castes. The rapists are from higher castes mostly, though there could be an odd exception. One aspect that has emerged is that almost all the girls were gang raped. Some of them after the rape, unable to bear the stigma of rape committed suicide. The problem is acute and even the UPA chairperson acknowledged it by visiting the family of a girl whowas gang raped in Jind and committed suicide. The ex Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has come out with a bizzarre theory. This theory is also articulated by the Khaps( village panchayats). Chautala has recommended to marry off girls at a young age so that sex issue is satisfied. He also said that when the Mughals abducted Hindu girls, this was the practice resorted to by the Hindus. I am afraid Chautala is totally wrong as history shows, despite early marriages the Mughals still abducted young Hindu girls,married or not. Thus the Khap and Chautala are barking up the wrong tree. Rape is directly related to sex. Haryana is a closed state with very little or no freedom between the sexes. This has created an artificial barrier between girls and boys, where even talking to a girl is taboo. This is one of the reasons for these rapes. Haryana also has the lowest male female ratio and girls are thought of as a liability. This has created a piquent situation as the entire state has no brothels, simply as women are not available. Young men have no outlet and hence the next option is rape. I am not a supporter of brothels, but please note that eminent social workers and scientists like Dr Promila kapur have accepted that brothels and call girls serve a purpose in society. The last part is the state law and its enforcement. Till date not a single rapist is convicted. This is a sad commentry on the state of law and order in the state. The police steeped in outdated methods and culture have never presented the cases properly. The Haryana government needs to look after this aspect. Without deterrent punishment the cycle of rapes will continue, which is worse than the Mughal Raj.