Ludhiana: Labourer rapes 14-year-old at focal point factory

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2015 10:03 IST

A labourer allegedly raped his 14-year-old fellow labourer in a bathroom of the factory in the Focal Point area and fled on Saturday. The Focal point police have registered a case against the accused in this context.

The accused has been identified as 26-yaer-old Shelesh Patel, a resident of Durga Colony of Dhandhari Khurd. The accused is married.

The police have registered the case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 4 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The police have launched a manhunt for the arrest of the accused.

The case has been registered following the statement of victim’s mother a resident of Durga Colony, Dhandhari Khurd. In her complaint, the victim’s mother said her daughter works at a knit fabric factory at Phase 5, Focal Point. The accused works in the same factory. She said her daughter had told her that when she went to the bathroom of the factory, the accused followed and raped her on Saturday.

ASI Veena Rani, who is investigating the matter, said the accused was absconding. The police had also raided his rented accommodation, but to no avail. The police have also increased the vigil at the railway station and bus stand.
Vandana Singh

Protesting NHM employee union members gheraoed principal health secretary, Punjab, Vini Mahajan over the demand of issuing notification of regular payscale, at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on Sunday. The NHM employee union members are on a strike since March 11. As principal health secretary Vini Mahajan stepped outside her car, the NHM employees gheraoed her and raised slogans against her.

In a move to escape, the principal health secretary “pushed” state president of the union Kiranjeet Kaur, who fell on the ground. SHO Division Number 2 Surinder Mohan also had a tough time to make way for Mahajan as there was no female cop present at the spot. Gauging the intensity of the protest, heavy police force including lady cops and Quick Response Team was deployed at the hospital. ACP Satish Malhotra also reached the spot.

Following which, Mahajan had to leave the hospital premises from the backdoor. This made the employees even angrier and they stopped Mahajan’s car and didn’t let it move for nearly 20 minutes, despite the presence of heavy police force.
Meanwhile, an employee, Shinder Kaur, fainted due to heat and was taken to the emergency department of the hospital.
Mahajan said, “The demand of the NHM staff is not in the hand of the state government, as the 75 per cent fund comes from the Centre.”

She said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal had already appealed the staff to discontinue their strike.

“The government has written to the cabinet health minister and requested to consider the demands,” said Mahajan.

NHM state president Kiranjeet Kaur said, “It seems that the government has nothing to do with our demands. We are depressed and have kept suicide notes in our purses. In the notes, we have claimed that the government is responsible for any extreme step taken by us.”

They said that they would continue their strike, till the demand is met by the state government. The union members also made videos, with a message that the principal health secretary had manhandled with them, of their protest at the hospital and started circulating it through various social media platforms.

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