While Delhi is on the boil in the wake of protests over the rape of a five-year-old girl, Amritsar presents a grim picture, with a simultaneous increase in crimes against women and immoral trafficking.
This is evident from the fact that at least seven cases of rape, including sexual assault of minor girls, and four cases of immoral trafficking have been reported till now this year.
The Amritsar City Police have booked Gurmej Singh of village Haria under Sections 420, 495 and 506 of the IPC at Civil Lines police station on the complaint of Jaspreet Kaur of Gopal Nagar. The complainant alleged that the accused had told her that his wife had passed away and married her.
Gagandeep Singh, SHO of Majitha Road police station, who is probing the case, said that the complainant had charged the accused with threatening her and forcibly starting physical relations with her. “The case is being investigated,” he said.
In another case, the Amritsar City Police have booked Sahil Kumar, Mahesh Dutt, Luxmi, Kamal, all residents of Green Avenue, under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC in a case registered against them at Civil Lines police station on the complaint of Manjit Kaur of Milap Avenue.
The complainant alleged that her daughter Parminder Kaur, who was married to Sahil Kumar, had died. Inspector Sanjeev Kumar, SHO of Civil Lines police station, said that the complainant suspected that the accused made Parminder consume some poisonous substance. He added that investigations were on into the matter.
In yet another case, police have booked Harpinder Singh of Kot Mit Singh, Maninder Kaur of New Gurnam Nagar and Dilbagh Singh of Tarn Taran on charge of abetment to suicide of Gurpreet Kaur, wife of Harpinder.
A case in this regard has been registered against the accused at Sultanwind police station under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of deceased's father Balbir Singh of New Gurnam Nagar. ASI Jarnail Singh of Sultanwind police station, who is probing the case, said that the deceased was a mother of two children.
“Her father has alleged that Harpinder Singh had illicit relations with Maninder. The complainant has also charged Dilbagh Singh with instigating Harpinder to marry Maninder,” he said. He added that the deceased committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance on April 21.
He maintained that efforts were on to arrest the accused. Simultaneously, the police claim to have arrested five persons, including two women, on charges of immoral trafficking. The accused have been identified as Bholi of Jagdambay Colony, Sonu of Verka and Kawaljit Singh, Kuldip Singh and Karanpreet Singh, all residents of Maqboolpura.
ACP North Gurnam Singh said that the police had received information that the accused were running a prostitution racket from a rented house. “The police conducted a raid during which the accused were found in an objectionable condition,” he said.