City women find it hard to file complaints at police stations

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2015 15:41 IST

Gender bias in the root cause of crime against women in conventional Indian society, wherein girls/women are treated as “inferior individuals” as compared to their men counterparts.

“What were you doing at 8 pm on the Focal Point Road. I think it is your mistake that your mobile phone is stolen” - this was told to a complainant by the police official at the Focal Point police station on March 7 when a 25-year-old girl, Anuradha (name changed) visited the police station to file a complaint regarding theft of her mobile phone.

Despite being an educated girl, Anuradha found tough to lodge a complaint at the Focal Point police station as police official did not bother to lodge a complaint. Despite telling the police that the person who has stolen her Note 3 mobile phone is misusing it, no action was taken.

Anuradha told me that on March 6, she was going to see the doctor as she was not feeling well and when she came out from the auto-rickshaw somebody came from rear and stole her phone.

“As I was not feeling well, I decided to see the doctor first and then lodge a complaint. But when I visited the Focal Point police station on March 7, the police official started blaming me and held me responsible for the theft. I was shocked with the behaviour of the cop and was thinking that how they must be treating the uneducated woman who doesn’t know anything about the laws,” she said.

“I bought the phone a few days back after saving money from my salary and the police can never understand this. Every day, I visited the Focal Point police station to lodge an FIR, but after a week, I decided to visit the police commissioner. I am hopeful that the commissioner office will direct the Focal Point police station to lodge an FIR in this regard.”

(As told to Deepa Sharma Sood)

75-year-old running from pillar to post

A 75-year-old Gomati Devi (name changed), a resident of Kailash Nagar, is running from pillar to post from past several months to register a complaint against her son who had allegedly grabbed her ancestral house and 75 yards of land.

“I have approached officials of more than 10 police stations, but I have been given just assurances. They say they have recorded all the details and will take strict action against the culprit,” she said.

After interacting with the complainant, I learnt that the accused had been harassing her mother for the past many years to get the entire property and upon her reluctance, she and her another son were forced out of the house.

She also said some of the police officials asked her to settle for a compromise and pay 10 per cent of the property price (rs 10 lakh) to resolve the case at the earliest. “I have even reached out to the commissioner and additional commissioner’s office, but to no avail.

I am tired of visiting different police stations for making complaints and surprised at the reactions of the police authorities who instead of providing justice have merely harassed us,” she said.
(As told to Sumeer Singh)

Pleas fall on deaf ears

Lending someone money and then not getting it back on time is less painful than going to police and seeking justice. At least Ramandeep Kaur (name changed) is living up this experience for real.

Resident of Manjeet Nagar, Ramandeep works in a knitting yarn company in the city. She had lent `2 lakh to a neigbhour nearly a year ago, who ran away instead of returning the money on time. Following which, Ramandeep is forced to run from pillar to post just to get a case registered for her complaint.

“I went to bus stand police post to file my complaint. Instead of filling the complaint, they started asking from where I got the money, why I had lent the money to the neighbour, if the person was a neighbour I must be knowing his location,” said Ramandeep. For a few days, I thought it must be a part of the probe so I just kept on answering the queries that were more focused on me than on the person who had fled with my money. But then I realised that the cops were not at all interested in lodging any official complaint,” she said.

“The cops have not asked me directly, but it was evident from their behaviour that they were looking for their own profit to recover money from me for the purpose,” said Ramandeep. “Then a friend suggested me to file a complaint at the police commissioner office and thus, I came here with a hope that the police will help me out in getting my money back,” she added. Ramandeep said, “I have right to save and lend money, but perhaps the cops feel otherwise and that’s why my case has not been registered till now. Such an act of the cops gives boost to criminals to cheat women easily.”
(As told to Vandana Singh)

Police do not lend ear to demand for probe

A resident of Basti Jodhewal, Jasmeen (name changed) has been visiting police station for the last one month as she is demanding a probe into the allegations that were levelled against her husband. “I have visited the Basti Jodhewal police station several times, but no inquiry has been marked into the matter as fake allegations were levelled against my husband.

I was not getting any positive response from the cops. I had visited the police station alone. No body pays heed to a woman’s voice. I demand a fair probe as my husband is trapped in a false case.”

“On Friday, I visited the police commissioner office as I wanted to request him to mark a probe into the case and bring out the truth in front of all. The police should be cooperative with female complainants,” added Sunita.
(As reported by Harshraj Singh)

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