Jalandhar: Cops ‘beat up’ theft accused woman, daughter in lock-up

  • Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 20:27 IST
Injured Madhu with her daughter Pooja at their residence in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Cops at the division-7 police station here allegedly beat up a 35-year-old migrant woman and her minor daughter (15) engaged as domestic helps and kept them in custody for five hours after they were accused of theft by their employer.

This despite the fact that the state government has issued orders to not summon women or girls to police stations.

The police detained them after their employer at New Green Model Town locality accused them of stealing gold ornaments.

The victims, Madhu and her daughter Pooja, were injured after they were thrashed by the cops. Madhu has sustained injuries in her wrists and other parts of the body.

The woman said she and her daughter work at six houses in the locality.

On February 28, one of their employers accused them of stealing gold ornaments and a diamond ring after he found them missing in his locker.

“I repeatedly told them we have not stolen anything but they (police) pressurised us to confess to the theft,” Madhu alleged.

Her husband Mani Ram (40), who works as mason, claimed that the police did not allow him to meet his wife and daughter on Sunday night.

When contacted, division-7 station house officer (SHO) Navdeep Singh said, “After their employer suspected them of theft we called them to join probe. We, however, did not beat up the woman or her daughter.”

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