A week after local student Shivali (20) ended her life, the city police on Thursday night registered an FIR against inspector Balwinder Kaur and two mediapersons for abetment of suicide following Punjab government’s orders in this regard.
DS Bains, principal secretary, home affairs and justice department, Punjab, in a communiqué to Jalandhar police commissioner Gaurav Yadav, said the advocate general’s opinion had been obtained to decide that an FIR under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code be registered against Balwinder, photojournalist Brijesh Kumar and Ravi, cameraman of a private TV channel.
The order said Shivali, a student of the local SD College for Women, committed suicide on August 30 because of harassment by Balwinder in the presence of mediapersons.
Shivali had been spotted that day with a boy in a car. The police, led by Balwinder, had allegedly forced her to come out, while lensmen had clicked her pictures despite her pleas to the contrary. Later, she had ended her life by jumping before a train.
“The matter was inquired into by Gurpreet Deo, inspector general of police (IGP), Jalandhar zone, who concluded that Shivali committed suicide because of her belief that there was no way to prevent her pictures from being published the next day. In her (Deo’s) opinion, the police and mediapersons have to share the blame and are required to be held accountable to the law of the land,” Bains said.
“As the IGP has pointed out, if a little compassion and understanding had been shown by either of them, the girl might have been alive today. Shivali ended her life within half an hour of the incident. The statement of Ram Pal, train driver, recorded by the IGP, has ruled out the possibility of an accident. A copy of the inquiry report submitted by the IGP is being forwarded for further action,” he said.
“The matter has been examined and it has been decided that suitable disciplinary action be initiated against inspector Balwinder Kaur for general misconduct and specifically misconduct in the present instance,” Bains added.
When contacted, Yadav confirmed the receipt of the government order in this regard and said a case has been registered against three accused under section 306 of the Indian penal Code at New Baradri police station.