Though the Centre and state government had issued strict orders to the police administration to provide adequate security to couples, who had married against the wishes of their families, police are apparently not heeding the directive.
In a latest case, a resident of Dehariwal Droga village under Dhariwal police station is running from pillar to post to seek action against his in-laws, who allegedly abducted his wife after they got married against their wishes.
Talking to mediapersons on Saturday, the victim, Mangaldeep Singh, said few months ago he fell in love with a girl of different community living his village. As the girl's family was not ready to accept their relationship, they got married on July 8 in a Hindu temple in Panchkula.
On July 10, when they came back to their native village, the girl's family started threatening Mangaldeep and his family of dire consequences if they did not send the girl back to their home.
"Fed up with repeated threats, I along with my wife, Prabjot Kaur, approached the Punjab State Human Right Commission (PSHRC) seeking security cover," he added.
When the couple returned home after filling the application, the members of the girl's family barged into Mangaldeep's home and started assaulting the two. Later, they abducted Prabjot Kaur and threatened to kill Mangaldeep, if he reported the matter to police.
Mangaldeep went to the Dhariwal police station and tried to lodge a complaint, but his repeated requests to the station house officer (SHO) fell on deaf ears. Later, he also filed an application with the Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police seeking action against his in-laws for abducting his wife.
Showing a copy of the order issued by the rights panel to the Gurdaspur SSP, Mangaldeep said on July 24, the commission ordered the Gurdaspur police to provide adequate security cover to them. However, police were not acting on the order for the reasons best know to them, he added.
Mangaldeep said two days ago, his wife, Prabjot Kaur, called him up and said her family members were forcibly trying to abort her pregnancy. She also requested him to get her released from her family's clutches, he added.
Soon after getting the call from his wife, Mangaldeep approached the Dhariwal SHO and showed him the photographs of his marriage ceremony and a copy of the PSHRC order. However, instead of taking action on his request, the SHO allegedly pressured Mangaldeep to sign divorce papers.
When contacted, Dhariwal SHO Paramjeet Singh expressed ignorance over occurrence of any such incident.
Gurdaspur SSP Ravicharan Singh Brar said after Mangaldeep Singh approached him on Saturday, he marked the case to the DSP and ordered him to file a report within two days. The SSP assured that strict action will be taken against guilty after the DSP submits the report.