Relatives and friends of Shivali, who committed suicide on Thursday after she was publicly humiliated by a woman inspector, took out a procession on Saturday demanding justice for the departed soul.
Hundreds of residents holding candles joined the procession, which began from local gurdwara in Urban Estate and culminated in a temple of the area.
No slogans were raised during the procession, but the banners carried by the participants said it all.
“We want justice for Shivali”; “Dear media, how can you be so selfish?”; “Arrest inspector Balwinder Kaur”; “Is this our freedom?”; “Which law bars us to meet our friends?”; “Punish the journalist” were some of the messages on the placards carried by the protesters.
Youngsters, especially girls, dominated the procession.
Shivali’s cousin Jeenu led the procession. Holding a photograph of her sister, Jeenu was inconsolable and just unable to express her shock and anger.
Shivali’s parents, Rakesh Kumar and Veena-who were yet to recover from the tragic loss-skipped the procession.
“We want justice for our daughter who was forced to take the extreme step due to the inhuman attitude of inspector Balwinder Kaur,” said Ratan Lal, uncle of Shivali.
Prominent politicians-barring senior Congress leader Jagbir Brar and area councilor Neerja Jain-were missing from the procession. Brar said, “The circumstances in which Shivali was forced to take the extreme step indicates that the current regime is no less than the Taliban rule where women folk are not allowed to roam freely.”
Meanwhile, inspector general of police (IGP), zonal, Gurpreet Deo started her inquiry into the incident. “I will record statements of all concerned persons related to the case before concluding my probe,” she said.
She said the final report would be submitted well before the given period of three days by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.Sources in the IG office said she recorded statements of officials of the Government Railway Police and suspended inspector Balwinder Kaur on Saturday.