Contrary to the claims of state government to ensure speedy redressal of complaints of NRIs, a reportedly Greece-based NRI lady, Ambika Rani, who came back to India in January 2013 to educate her children here, has been facing hard times to get a case registered against her in-laws who had allegedly attacked her and tried to kill her by strangulation on August 20.
A complaint in this regard was registered by police at division number one but the police had failed to register an FIR against the accused by tagging the matter as a family dispute.
Rani, in presence of Jalandhar (Central) MLA Manoranjan Kalia, told HT that she had been living with her husband and two kids Jessica, 12, and Nikhil, eight, in Greece after her marriage in 2000.
"I came back to India as I wanted my kids to study here and get accustomed with the Indian culture. My father-in-law, Krishan Lal, a retired clerk from Jalandhar deputy commissioner office, had sold the property, registered to my husband Rajesh Lal by making a fraud. We have also filed a civil case in this regard," said Rani.
"When I reached my house in Jain Colony, Krishan Lal didn't allow me to stay in the house and I had to spend months at my parents' place at Sirhind. One of my sisters-in-law helped me also," Rani added.
"My husband came to India this April and we, by involving prominent persons of society, got a single room in the house to live. But my in-laws started misbehaving with me after my husband returned to Greece. On August 20 at 6.30 am, my father-in-law along with my other in-laws started abusing me and tried to strangulate me. I got deep bruises on my neck, left arm and on different parts of my body," Rani alleged.
"I also remained hospitalised for two days. Medico-legal report had also substantiated my injuries. I approached the police to seek protection and action against the defaulters but nothing has been initiated so far," said Ambika.
MLA, Jalandhar (central), and BJP spokesman Manoranjan Kalia flayed the police for its delay in registering case against the accused. "This is the serious matter and I will raise this issue in the coming session of assembly. Police should have arrested the accused, who have not only attacked an NRI woman but also tried to shatter the dreams of a mother who wished to educate her children here," rued Kalia.
"I and my children are living under threat to our lives. We always try to stay in touch with our friends so that they can be reached for help immediately," added Ambika.
SHO, division number one police station Balbir Singh said, "We are trying to nab the accused who are at large since the incident occured. However, primary investigations revealed that Ambika is not an NRI and she is hiding some facts. A case will be registered, however, after verifying the complaint."