In a stark contrast to the initiatives taken by various government departments to empower women through laws, a shocking case of gender bias has come to the fore wherein grandfather and paternal uncles are trying to confiscate land from the parents of a teenage girl on the pretext of “no male heir”.
For over decade, Avtar Singh and Harpreet Kaur, the parents of 19-year-old Amanpreet of Threekay village, are fighting against all odds to save the ancestral property for their daughter who is pursuing her degree in nursing.
In order to pressurise him, Avtar’s father Paramjit Singh and his other sons Jagtar Singh and Jatinder Singh entered his house in Basant City on Monday evening. On hearing the noise, the neighbours called Avtar and asked him to reach immediately following which he and his wife drove down from his other house in Threekay to Basant City.
Avtar and Harpreet saw Jagtar in his car near their house. On reaching the house, they saw that it was ransacked and had broken liquor bottles. The couple immediately called up the PCR. The police personnel after reaching the spot asked them to report the case to Sadar police station.
“The only reason for my in-laws’ family for denial of share in the ancestral property is that we have a daughter and no son. My brother-in-laws say they do not want that our daughter should become the legal heir of the property as it will go out of their family after she gets married,” rued Harpreet.
Firm to fight for the right of her daughter, Harpreet said she would go to any extent to save the due share of her husband’s property. “Amanpreet has every right on the ancestral property and no one can deprive her of that,” she added.
Panchayat supports girl’s parents
The panchayat of Threekay village is extending support to the aggrieved couple as sarpanch Gurdeep Singh confirmed the family’s bias towards them. “Girls are the pride of our nation and have an equal right in the ancestral property which is the bone of contention in the case. We are with Avtar and Harpreet and have always stood by them against their family. Avtar’s brother had harassed his wife when he was away to the US and now that he is back they are trying dirty tricks so that he backs off. So far even the police have been supportive but now a case should be registered against the culprits,” the sarpanch added.
He said on three occasions panchayat had called Jagtar and Jatinder asking them to reach a compromise wherein Avtar was given one-fourth of the total three acres of land. Avtar agreed to the decision but his brothers were constantly trying to deprive him of his share.
When contacted, Sadar SHO Jatinderjit Singh said he would investigate the matter himself before taking appropriate action.
Brother denies allegations
Denying allegations, Jagtar said, “Avtar is a liar and is levelling false allegations. Leaving a small portion of land, the registry of the entire land is in my and my brother’s name. We did not trespass into his property.”