Kin of honour killing victim feel threatened from cops guarding them

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2014 20:57 IST

Perturbed over alleged lax Haryana Police authorities, Chandrapati and Seema, mother and sister of Manoj, who, along with his wife Babli, was brutally murdered in 2007 for family honour, have intended to approach the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Manoj and Babli of Karora village and of same gotra had married against the social norms, following which the relatives of the latter had killed the couple on June 15, 2007.

The accused involved in Manoj-Babli murder case were convicted and sentenced by a Karnal court on March 30, 2010, which was considered as the India's first conviction in an honour killing case.
On the directions of the high court, mother and sister of Manoj were provided security at their Karora village house in Kaithal district.

Apart from one police control room (PCR) vehicle, which carries six armed personnel, three more policemen have been deputed at Chandrapati's house.

However, Seema and her mother feel threatened at the hands of policemen guarding them.

Seema told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that she and her mother met director general of police SN Vashisht in the presence of their counsel HC Arora on Monday and apprised him about their security concern.

Seema, a constable in Haryana Police and a law graduate, said that she had complained thrice against cops deputed on their security, who indulged in drinking, misbehaving and even trespassing their house, but no action was ever taken against them.

Chandrapati categorically held a deputy superintendent of police posted in Kaithal district and constables Rajesh and Manoj responsible for their woes.

"Both constables misbehave with my daughter and often hurl abuses at us. When we were going to meet Kaithal superintendent of police (SP) Kuldeep Singh Yadav, a DSP had withdrawn the PCR vehicle provided to us on June 26," alleged the aged mother of Manoj, while saying the police authorities were overlooking their complaints.

Seema said that she had asked the DGP to withdraw the police security if the top brass could not address their complaints.

She said that the police authorities had tagged them as habitual complainants. "We are subjected to humiliation by the indifferent police officials as they consider us a burden and overlook our complaints. Now, we have no other option left but to approach the high court and ready to shun security cover and face the worst," said Seema.

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