An 18-year-old Dalit woman, a resident of Ramdittewala village in Mansa, has been missing for more than four months and the police have failed to register a case.
Gurpreet Kaur went missing on September 13 and since then her parents have been at their wits' end on how to go about finding their daughter. Approaching the police was tried, but for unknown reasons, no
(first-information report) FIR has been registered yet.
The parents, Amarjit Kaur and Tek Singh, both labourers, have been visiting the police stations numerous times, but their voice has not been heard.
They claim to have even met Mansa SSP Bhupinder Singh, yet the case is not in officials record and they continue to lead a tortured existence.
Tek Singh, the father of Gurpreet Kaur, said: "She was on night duty at Ganga Spinning Mill on September 13, but did not return home. We approached the police, but we were dismissed with the suggestion that she might have eloped with someone. No complaint has been registered till now. I suspect she has been kidnapped and sold."
All India Progressive Women Association (AIPWA) national executive member Jasbir Kaur Natt, said, "A case has not been registered as the victim belongs to a Dalit family. This is discrimination. We did approach Mansa SSP for help, but received no help. Now, we will file a complaint with the Punjab DGP and also approach the high court."
"It is a serious matter. I will definitely look into the matter and also look why a complaint has not been registered yet."