Head constable Gurdeep Singh and his son Bharat and others allegedly beat up a 19-year-old girl and four other members of her family brutally as the family had filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) against Bharat for “molesting” the girl.
The incident took place on Wednesday night after the HC sent a summons notice to Bharat. Irked over this, he, along with his father and friends, reached the victim’s house, carrying hockey sticks and other sharp-edged weapons, and started beating her and her family members.
Apart from the girl, her parents, brother and sister are undergoing treatment at the civil hospital Moga.
The girl told HT that Bharat used to “harass and molest” her for the past five months. They tried to lodge a first information report (FIR) against him, but police would not listen to them.
“We even met the deputy superintendent of the police of Dharamkot, but to no avail. We also filed an online complaint to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal about this,” she said. She said that one month ago, they filed a writ petition in the high court. When Bharat received the summons, he along with his father and friends came to their house and attacked them.
“Bharat and his friend Noni locked me in the room and attempted to rape me. When I protested, they brutally beat me up which resulted in severe injuries,” she said.
On the complaint of the victim’s father, the police have booked head constable Gurdeep Singh, Bharat, Noni, Rinku and six unidentified people.
The case has been registered under sections 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Dharamkot Police Station.