Activists of Punjab Mahila Congress on Monday held a rally outside the office of Amritsar (rural) SSP to protest against the "failure" of the police to register an FIR and take action against an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) who was accused of misbehaving with a woman resident of Bundala village and tearing her clothes.
The victim had claimed that the incident occurred on April 16 night. The following day, she along with Mahila Congress members and former minister Sardool Singh Bundala went and lodged a written complaint with the Amritsar (rural) police and Jandiala police station.
Led by state Mahila Congress vice-president Namisha Mehta, the protesters demanded registration of a case and arrest of accsused ASI Gurnam Singh. Those present on the occasion included Sardool Singh and former MLAs Jasbir Singh Dimpa and Jugal Kishore Sharma, who is also president of Amritsar district Congress committee (urban).
Addressing the protestors, Mehta said that over a month and a half had passed but the police had not even registered an FIR. She pointed out that she had contacted the SSP a number of times and all that she got were "hollow assurances".
During her meeting with SSP Manmohan Singh, she said, she was once again assured that justice would be done. The SSP told her that as no one from the victim's family was coming forward to record their statements, the inquiry into the case was still pending, she claimed.
"These are just lies as the police officers who went to the village only talked of compromise and did not even bring up the issue of recording statements," the Congress leader claimed.
Mehta reiterated her demanded for a judicial probe and indicated that the Mahila Congress would move court of law to seek justice for the woman.
Amritsar (rural) SSP Manmohan Singh said, "We were never averse to an inquiry and have already recorded the statements of some persons. However, neither the victim nor any other person from the village has come forward to substantiate and corroborate the charge."
He maintained that police officials had visited Bundala a number of times but neither the victim nor her family members came forward to record their statements. He denied the charge that police were pressurising the woman for a compromise.