Girl students of Government Rajindra College here took part in a rally to protest the passive attitude of the Punjab Police even as crimes against women are on the rise.
Under the banner of Punjab Students' Union (Randhawa) the girls marched through the markets of the city starting from ITI Chowk and ended their rally at the bus stand where they burnt the effigy of the Punjab government. They carried boards with anti-government slogans on them.
The protesters said they were not satisfied with the police theory in the Shruti Sachdeva kidnapping case. They also questioned the delay in lodging the FIR against the accused who gangraped a girl at Bhagta Bhai Ka village in this district. The girls also vented their anger in the kidnapping case of a Dalit migrant girl from Chhpian Wali village of Muktsar district where the station house officer was suspended for not accepting the complaint of her parents.
"Women are no longer safe in Punjab," Mandeep Kaur, a student said. "Recent cases of crime against women give the impression that anyone can get away after hurting a woman's dignity. A criminal needs only some money or a phone call from a political leader; police will do everything to save the criminal."
"The police are more interested in harassing the complainants," she said. "The behaviour of the police has been surprising. We all know how they sabotaged the investigation in the Shruti case."
Another student, Harvinder Kaur, said: "Parents of the minor girl from Bhagta Bhai Ka were told to come later by the police. They had gone there to register a complaint of rape, but the police did not care. This explains their attitude towards women."