Taking a serious note of the suicide case of Shivali, who ended her life on August 30 after being allegedly humiliated in public by the police, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma on Wednesday said that the commission would recommend strict action against the erring inspector, Balwinder Kaur, to the Punjab government.
Accompanied by commission member Shamina Shafiq, Sharma visited Shivali's residence to ascertain the circumstances, which forced her to take the extreme step. Later, they visited the spots where Shivali was humiliated and then committed suicide.
"The police even failed to register an FIR for abetment of suicide against the inspector," Sharma told the Hindustan Times, adding that she would seek the action-taken report (ATR) from the state government before writing to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Slamming the inquiry officer, inspector general of police (IG), Jalandhar zone, Gurpreet Deo, for not completing her probe report in the stipulated time, Sharma said the IG's insensitivity could be gauged from the fact that she (Deo) summoned Shivali's family members to her office for recording their statements instead of visiting them for the purpose.
On the inspector's role, Sharma wondered who had given the police the right to indulge in moral policing. "We will write to the chief minister, director general of police (DGP) and the chief secretary to instruct the police to be sensitive while dealing with matters related to women," she added.
Regarding the role of the media, which was also blamed for creating circumstances that forced Shivali to commit suicide as her plea for not clicking her pictures fell on deaf ears, Sharma evaded a direct reply but said the media should also show sensitivity in such cases.
Later, the NCW recorded the statements of inspector Balwinder Kaur, Shivali's friend Gaurav in whose car she was spotted by the police and Shivali's cousins, among others.
Police commissioner Gaurav Yadav and deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti also met the NCW chairperson.