Though cops are patting their back before the ‘high-ups’ for organising events for public participation and launching various helplines, including for women, these days, yet their prime duty of delivering justice to the poor seems to have taken a back seat. It is evident from the revelations of a 34-year old Muslim woman, whose minor daughter has been missing since November 29, visiting police station division number 1 and requesting the cops to trace her daughter.
Incidentally, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had issued directions that no woman complainant would be summoned to a police station, but the cops are not only calling the minor’s mother there, but turning out her without any action on her complaint.
“My 16-year-old daughter had gone to a stitching centre on November 29 at 6 pm, but she did not return,” the woman told HT, adding that after intensive search, they came to know that a Subash Nagar resident was behind her disappearance.
Bursting into tears many a time during conversation, the woman said the cops are now insulting her by stating that she should have taken care of her daughter, otherwise this would not have happened.
Alleging biased treatment from the city police, she said, “When the child of a rich man is kidnapped, police use its entire machinery to crack the case. But, things are different for the poor. We visit the police station every day, but nothing has happens.”
“No one is ready to understand a mother’s pain. My daughter is still untraced because we are poor,” says the woman.
“I am taking leave from my job in a factory daily since the incident happened and my husband, who works as a driver, is also not going to his job”, she said.
Her husband told HT that the investigation officer Jagdish Kumar, who deals with the complaint, used to call them daily at the police station, but he has done nothing to trace his daughter.
Station house officer (SHO) Karnail Singh said police are investigating the complaint and have sought age evidence from the family for clarity of the minor, but they have yet to submit this when asked why police have not registered the FIR.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Harjeet Singh said, “We have vital clues about the woman’s daughter and she would be brought back in a day or two”.