A Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) and a former Himachal Pradesh director general of police (DGP) are locked in a dispute over what is being termed a pre-matrimonial dispute, as the daughter of the IG has accused the ex-DGP’s son of attempt to rape and seeking dowry. Both sides, however, claim to have called off the marriage over the other’s demands.
On the complaint of the 28-year-old daughter of the IG, the Chandigarh police have registered a case against former HP DGP Gurpreet Singh Gill, his wife Nika Gill and their son Arjun Gill for attempt to rape, criminal force used with an intent to outrage the modesty of a woman, criminal intimidation, dispossessing a woman of her jewellery by force and for demanding dowry, under sections 354, 354 (B), 406, 506, 511 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961. The IG also told HT that he would move the Punjab and Haryana high court to get the matter transferred to the CBI for a fair investigation as he apprehended that Gill may use influence to wriggle out of the case. Both are Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.
The IG’s daughter and the DGP’s son were to get married on November 30. But, according to the IG, “During the course of meetings my daughter came to know that Arjun was into drugs and also had relations with other girls. She wanted to call off the marriage. The rape attempt was made only to malign the reputation of my family so that she is unable to get married anywhere else.” He claimed the act had “devastated” him and his daughter and both were taking psychiatric help “to recover from the shock”.
Gill, on the other hand, rubbished the allegations. He said Arjun, 30, had come in contact with the IG’s daughter in June this year, and she was keen to marry him. But, differences cropped up between the two “when the girl insisted on buying expensive clothes, jewellery and other bridal items from Dubai”. She even demanded a BMW SUV, he alleged. “My son soon realised that they were not compatible, and hence should call off the marriage, which the girl and her family did not want, saying it could damage their family’s honour.”
The girl has said in the FIR that on October 7 at his Sector-33 residence Arjun took her to his bedroom, hugged her and tried to outrage her modesty. Arjun even tried to make her sniff some white powder in his hand, she has alleged. When she resisted, Arjun got furious and tried to pull her clothes off, the complaint said. She has said she was shocked, raised an alarm and ran out to the drawing room where ex-DGP Gill and his wife were present. She has also alleged that it was Arjun who had sought a BMW for the marriage.
The former DGP told HT that the girl had indeed visited their house on October 7 “when everyone was at home”: “My son never made any attempt to molest her. Both went out of the room talking to each other. The entire footage is on a CCTV camera.”
When contacted, Chandigarh senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill informed that upon the request of the IG the matter has been transferred to the crime-against-women cell: “We will conduct a free and fair probe.”