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Shivali Suicide: Court to begin hearing from Jan 29

HT Correspondent   Jalandhar, January 13, 2013
First Published: 18:46 IST(13/1/2013) | Last Updated: 19:07 IST(13/1/2013)

 A local court had set January 29 for hearing on the charge sheet filed by district police in the Shivali suicide case.
 
The police had held suspended Traffic Police inspector Balwinder Kaur, one photojournalist and one cameraman of a channel, guilty for abetting the girl to suicide, in the chargesheet presented in the court of judicial magistrate (Ist Class) Pushpinder Singh.
 
"The court has fixed January 29 as the date to initiate proceedings on the charge sheet filed by police," revealed additional deputy commissioner of Police, Navjot Singh Mahal while talking to HT.
 
The police had relied upon the findings of an inquiry conducted by inspector general of police, Jalandhar Zone-II, Gurpreet Deo, after directed by principal secretary (Home).
 
IG who had concluded that if a little compassion and understanding had been shown by the inspector and the journalists, the young girl may have been alive.
 
On August 30, Shivali (19), a student of local PCM SD College, ended her life after she was stopped by the accused while she was travelling in her friend's car, which hit another car while fleeing from the spot when directed by eve teasing squad to stop the vehicle.
 
She was later quizzed by inspector Balwinder Kaur, who was leading the drive, in the presence of media men, who clicked her photographs. "The girl thought that there was no-way to prevent her pictures from being published in the next day's paper," asserted IGP Deo in her inquiry report.
 
Shivali had threatened that she would commit suicide if her photographs were taken and published. After sometime, fearing this would be done, she ended her life by jumping before a train.

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In the chargesheet, the inquiry officer had held that Balwinder Kaur harassed Shivali with humiliating questions while querying about her relation with Gaurav, who became prime witness in the chargesheet. The police also took the notice of the statement given by Ram Pal, driver of the train.

"The girl took the extreme step after being harassed and humiliated by the inspector Balwinder Kaur, Photojournalist Brijesh Kumar and Cameraman Ravi Kumar," read the charge sheet.
 
After the case was registered, a thorough inquiry was conducted by additional deputy commissioner of Police Navjot Singh Mahal after registering statements of nearly 20 witnesses," said station house officer(SHO) of Navi Baradari police station, Vijay Kanwar Pal who presented the challan in the court.

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