The Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) has demanded a high-level probe into alleged suicide by a young girl of Dhidowal village near Kalanaur in Gurdaspur district, at a flat owned by a superintendent of police-rank officer at Zirakpur in Mohali district on May 17.
In a letter addressed to the chief minister, PHRO chairman Ajit Singh Bains while pointing to the news report, 'Woman dies after fall from Batala SP's Zirakpur flat', said despite fingers having been raised at the police officer, no action has been taken as per the law and all proceedings were conducted to save the 'culprits' and to hush-up the matter.
In the letter, a copy of which is with HT, the PHRO claimed that the victim committed suicide due to her alleged sexual exploitation at the hands of the SP who is posted in Batala. The girl, whose father in a head constable in the Punjab Police, was keen to join the police force and she came in contact with the police officer in Batala.
The PHRO, which claims to have investigated the matter, claimed that the police officer lured the girl to Chandigarh where he developed physical relations with her. When he failed to get her recruited into the police force, the girl threatened to expose him but the police officer again managed to convince her and even performed a 'fake marriage' ceremony with her, the letter claimed.
Bains pointed out that the police officer in question was married and had children. The family of the police officer, too, came to know of his affair with the victim.
An investigating team of the PHRO revealed that a number of police officials of Batala were aware of the alleged illicit relationship of their colleague with the victim. On May 16, the officer took the girl to his Zirakpur flat and the next day, his wife reached the flat and a heated argument took place thereafter, the PHRO chairman claimed in the letter while citing witnesses whom the investigating team spoke to.
According to the letter to the CM, the girl on May 17 either committed suicide or was pushed out from the balcony. This fact needs to be investigated, the letter stated, while pointing out that a gunman of the police officer and his domestic help should be questioned.
“The family of the victim was informed and proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC were initiated on the statement of an uncle of the victim and the case was closed,” the letter further stated.
The PHRO investigating team in Zirakpur spoke to a retired CRPF officer, who told them that he had seen the body of the girl lying in a pool of blood. People in the locality told the investigating team that the police officer and his family have since locked the flat and have not come back.
In the letter, Bains claimed that his inquiry team had collected a recorded phone conversation of the girl with her friend in which she has explained her 'broken' relationship with the SP-rank officer as well as her parents. In the conversation, the victim told her friend that she will be commit suicide so as to punish the police officer who had ruined her life.
“As a police officer, it was the duty of this official to provide justice but he misused his position and power to fulfil his own desires and in the process drove a young girl to suicide. Under such circumstances this matter should be investigated thoroughly and the truth be brought out so that justice can be done,” the letter said in an appeal to the CM.