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At Fatehgarh Sahib, police plays marriage counsellor

Gurpreet Singh Mehak, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, October 26, 2013
First Published: 17:56 IST(26/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:21 IST(27/10/2013)

A woman Ranjit Kaur (name changed to protect privacy) recently visited the women police station here, she told officials that she had two children and the family income was inadequate, and her husband was a drunkard who came home late at night and quarrelled with her.

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"This is a routine, and I have never complained to anyone, but now I am forced to file a complaint against him,"she said.

The police summoned her husband, who accused Ranjit of 'ignoring' him. They counselled the couple, and the husband promised not to 'harass' his wife, who also promised to improve her behaviour.

Surjit Kumar (name changed) and his wife Ranjita (name change), who had a love marriage nearly five months ago, were also counselled by women police station officials after Ranjita filed a complaint against Surjit, alleging that he began harassing her after their marriage. The police officials are now making efforts to save their marriage.

The women police station had received 463 complaints till the end of September this year, of which 438 were disposed and three were found false. Police recommended registration of 18 criminal cases, and five cases of domestic violence have been registered.

Earlier, the women cell of the district police was dealing with these cases, but this year women police stations were set up for this purpose.

Senior lawyer Gurpreet Singh Saini, who deals with matrimonial dispute cases, said good matrimonial relations were the basic requirement of every family, but they were not very common these days.

"Before marriage, proper counselling of both the boy and the girl should be made mandatory,"he added.  Senior superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said the women police station officials always tried to get the husband and wife and their families to agree to a compromise.

"We take precautions while investigating, and sometimes it takes a long time because we cannot end marriages without proper examination of facts,"he claimed.

Punjab police deputy superintendent of police Surinderjit Kaur, who had served as the in-charge of the local women cell for a number of years, said. "It has been observed that in most complaints, financial crisis, dowry, drug addiction, domestic violence, unemployment and mobile phones are the major reasons of discord."

Rising conflicts

2011
Total cases 526
Disposed 421
Criminal cases recommended for registration 20
Referred to court 68
Divorce 17

2012
Total cases 525
Disposed 423
Criminal cases recommended for registration 17
Referred to court 60
Divorce (possible) 25

2013 (up to September)
Total cases 463
Disposed 438
Criminal cases recommended for registration 18
Domestic violence cases 5
False 3

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