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Shruti refuses to meet parents

chandigarh Updated: Oct 26, 2012 00:31 IST
Rajeev Bhaskar
Rajeev Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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Shruti Sachdeva (15), who was allegedly kidnapped from her residence in Faridkot on September 24 and "rescued" by the Punjab Police from Goa on October 21, refused to meet her parents at Nari Niketan here on Thursday.

Shruti's parents Ashwani Sachdeva and Seema Sachdeva, along with her elder sister Sakshi, reached the shelter home around noon and requested the authorities for a meeting with her, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Navjot Mahal told Hindustan Times, adding that the girl refused to meet them.

However, Seema persisted and managed to go to Shruti's room, where the latter conveyed to her mother that she would meet them after a couple of days, the ADCP added.

Shruti was brought to the shelter home on Tuesday on the court's order after she refused to go back to her parental house.
Mohinderpal Swami, manager of Nari Niketan, confirmed that Shruti was adamant on not meeting her parents. "Ultimately, the couple had to go back," Swami told HT.

He said Shruti did not talk to the Nari Niketan staff and preferred to confine herself to her room.
When contacted, Shruti's father Ashwani Sachdeva confirmed that only his wife was able to talk to their daughter, and that too for just a few minutes.

"Shruti kept crying during the meeting," he said, adding that Nari Niketan officials told him that the girl's counselling was in progress to persuade her to overcome her "trauma".

About the strategy for taking Shruti home, he evaded a direct reply and said the decision taken by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), constituted in Faridkot, would be final.

Meanwhile, sources said Shruti had been virtually kept in isolation in the shelter home under heavy security. Several women constables have been deployed outside her room, apart from the men in khaki at the main entrance of Nari Niketan.
Shruti is not allowed to meet any inmate or employee and whatever she needs is provided by police officials, the sources said.

Input from Faridkot suggests that the joint action committee of citizens there has condemned the move "of vested interests" to pass off the kidnapping incident as love story gone awry. The committee continues to be on dharna against the manner in which the police have handled the case.