Relatives of Amandeep Kaur, 27, who set herself afire on April 26 and died at Government Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot, have alleged police inaction in the case.
On Wednesday, they protested outside the office of Faridkot SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, and alleged her harassment at the hands of Gurlabh Singh, a former sarpanch of Dhudhi village in Faridkot district.
Amandeep's relatives from Dhulkot, Chambeli, Nangal, and Mandwala, besides some people from her village Dhudhi, charged the Kotakpura Sadar police with registering only a daily diary report (DDR) instead of an FIR.
They raised slogans against the state government and said the police were under political pressure for not applying relevant sections to the complaint.
A week after the woman's death, police were yet to make any arrest. Sukhchain Singh, brother-in-law of Amandeep, has alleged that Gurlabh Singh abused his sister-in-law on telephone on April 23, and then called her husband Rampal Singh, a granthi in Jalandhar district, to the village.
"The next day, the matter moved to the panchayat, where Gurlabh denied making any call," said Sukhchain. "Unable to bear the insult, Amandeep ended her life."
"Gurlabh abused me on telephone for some days, and I shared the information with my in-laws," was
Amandeep's dying statement to a judicial magistrate at the Faridkot medical college. "Gurlabh misled the panchayat to declare himself innocent. He also tried to force me into illicit relationship. Pained over the public insult of my family, I burnt myself."
HT has a copy of the DDR. "The police have lodged only the DDR, and no FIR and made no arrest," said Baljeet Singh, a close relative of Amandeep.
"The investigation is on without any political pressure," said SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan. "We will make arrests. The process to lodge the FIR has begun."
"We completed the preliminary formalities on Tuesday," said Narinder Singh, station house officer of Kotkapura Sadar. "On Wednesday, the FIR number 42 was lodged under Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC. There is no political pressure or delay."
Amandeep was childless even after six years of marriage.