The incidents of domestic violence against women are on the rise in the Sangrur region if figures provided by the police are an indication.
Away from the poll time frenzy, the women cell of the Sangrur police is busy these days solving complaints of married women, who demand separation from their husbands and in-laws for various reasons.
“We receive five to eight complaints every day from married women, who want separation from their in-laws or husbands as the educated girls prefer nuclear families like in big cities and metros,” says DSP AS Aulakh. There are very few complaints of dowry demand, he added.
Aulakh, a law graduate, said, “Despite a huge number of complaints, I am happy that in 80% cases we manage to avoid divorce by solving the issue with mutual consent. In the rest, where we think that despite all efforts the couple is unwilling to live together we suggest divorce.”
“On Sunday, out of 16 complaints, we managed to solve 12 and the remaining four agreed for divorce,” said Aulakh. A newly-married girl, who did not want to disclose her identity, said, “I am a post graduate and remained among top students in college days. How can I live like inanimate lifeless furniture in home, which is what my in-laws want. I have ambitions and want to live life on my own terms.”
A senior lawyer, Kamal Anand, calls it transformation and change, saying, “This is social change. Due to Westernisation, now the girls are highly educated, at times more than the boys. They cannot live in the confines created by their in-laws.”
Sangrur SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said the 181 police helpline for women is getting a good response in the state as last year about 3,500 cases of crime against women were registered through it. But the number of complaints by women were increasing and every month the district police receive over 1,500 complaints of domestic violence.