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Bathinda

Cops play peacemaker between estranged couples
Harjinder Sidhu , Hindustan Times
Bathinda, June 11, 2013
First Published: 23:12 IST(11/6/2013)
Last Updated: 23:22 IST(11/6/2013)
Bathinda zone IGP Nirmal Singh Dhillon reuniting a couple at a Khula Darbar in Bathinda on Tuesday. Kulbir Beera/HT

In a unique effort to resolve the rising matrimonial disputes, the police reunited estranged couples by negotiations and recompensed some of those who were deceived by the defendants at a Khula Darbar on Tuesday.

The police virtually proved a saviour for the family life of Ramandeep Kaur of Mansa on Tuesday, when they ensured her reunion with her husband Karanjit Singh after years of separation.

This was not the only case. They also succeeded in saving marriage in most of the nearly 300 complaints received from Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Faridkot and Moga, the districts under the Bathinda zone. The police claimed to have resolved more than 80% complaints in which the couples have been reunited or have agreed to settle their disputes amicably, including a case related to a policeman.

From Mansa district, about 40 cases of matrimonial disputes, including five cases registered with the police, came up at Kula Darbar. The police solved around half of the complaints where couples were united on the spot through negotiations, while most of others agreed to resolve the issue amicably by following legal formalities.

To decide matrimonial disputes, the police called the complainants and defendants to Kula Darbar. Bathinda zone inspector general of police (IGP) Nirmal Singh Dhillon, Bathinda range DIG Amar Singh Chahal and senior superintendents of police and station house officers concerned listened to the warring couples carefully.

Besides the pending complaints, fresh cases at any police station across the Bathinda zone were also referred to Khula Darbar for immediate solution. NGOs, eminent doctors and other prominent persons from different fields also participated in the process of settling matrimonial disputes.

The police, through negotiations, also resolved five cases in which matrimonial dispute arose within six months of marriage and reunited the couples.

The Khula Darbar began at 9:30am and till the filing of the report, the cases were being heard.
IGP Nirmal Singh Dhillon said, "We would appoint officers of the level of SP (headquarters) as the nodal officer to look into the complaints related to matrimonial disputes and the inquiry report in all cases will be submitted to respective SSPs. More than 300 complaints came up, of which 80% were resolved. In a year, we had received 3,060 complaints of matrimonial disputes and a complete record would be maintained at the district and the zonal level."

"We plan to involve chief medical officers and other doctors and refer drug-addict husbands to de-addiction centres to bring them in the mainstream in order to resolve disputes," added Dhillon.

In one case, a complainant woman from Maur Mandi in Bathinda district was promised a compensation of R10 lakh by the accused, Tota Singh, Mithu Singh and Manjit Kaur, all residents of Maur. Tota Singh allegedly cheated the complainant by marrying another woman after both complainant and defendant started living separately following a minor matrimonial dispute. The case was registered against all the accused on March 15 under Sections 489-A, 494, 420 and 406 of Indian Penal Code (dowry and conspiracy, etc.,) and was under investigation.

In another case of ego clash, a girl from Bathinda married in Canada some time back has been living separately for the simple reason that her husband failed to receive her at the airport. It was later clarified that it all happened because he was stuck in traffic jam. The parents of the couple initiated a dialogue and results seemed fruitful as the couple agreed to bury minor differences to pursue a happy married life.


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