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Pregnant Shruti finally meets kin

punjab Updated: Oct 30, 2012 11:10 IST
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
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Shruti Sachdeva, 15, has expressed the desire to reside at Nari Niketan here owing to the ignominy suffered by her Faridkot-based parents in the abduction case, it is learnt.

Shruti was reportedly found four-week pregnant after a medical examination conducted at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, on Sunday night. She was allegedly abducted by Nishan Singh and his accomplices from Faridkot on September 24 and was traced in Goa on October 21.

In an apparent change of heart, Shruti met her family members, including father Ashwani Sachdeva, mother Seema, sister Sakshi and uncle Sandeep, for more than an hour at Nari Niketan here on Monday morning. Earlier, she had refused to meet them on Thursday.

Seema was the first to meet Shruti, who is said to be keen on pursuing the commerce stream as a career. Sources said the girl told her mother that she wanted to live in Jalandhar since the abduction case had tainted her family's reputation. "Her mother asked her to accompany them to Faridkot and stay with them," sources said, adding that Shruti told her that doing so might cause more embarrassment to the family.

Later, Shruti's father met her, followed by other family members. All of them then met her in a group and reportedly enquired about her health.

Subsequently, the family members, along with sangharsh committee representatives Shivinder Singh and Gurdit Singh, met police commissioner Gaurav Yadav, who assured them of strict action against the kidnappers and their accomplices.

"The Punjab Police is committed to getting the accused convicted. The case will be taken to its logical conclusion. The section pertaining to rape has also been incorporated into the FIR by the Faridkot police after Shruti's medical examination. We assured the family about not sparing Nishan Singh and the co-accused. The challan will be presented in the court in a timely manner," Yadav said.

Meanwhile, women activists Gurdev Sangha, former chairperson, Punjab State Women's Commission, Suman Sareen and Parminder Beri met Shruti in the evening as part of the post-trauma counselling strategy of the police.

"Shruti told us that she used to score 85% marks in the exams. She is interested in doing B.Com and asked us to procure her books and other study material at the earliest. She also asked for Sai Baba's books to read about spirituality. She answered our questions confidently. She was seemingly happy after meeting her parents," Sangha said.

"She was not remorseful about her desire to still stay with her alleged abductor, Nishan Singh. We asked her to let us meet her parents next time and she responded positively," the counsellors said, adding that another round of counselling would be conducted soon.

Taking legal opinion: SSP
FARIDKOT: When contacted, Gurpreet Singh Toor, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Faridkot, said, "We are examining the girl's medical report. We are also taking legal opinion." However, the SSP did not reveal the contents of the report.

On Sunday evening, Shruti had been brought from Nari Niketan, Jalandhar, to Faridkot, where she was presented in the court of the chief judicial magistrate. Later, she was taken to the civil hospital and then shifted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, where the medical examination was conducted amid tight security.

The girl had refused to be medically examined on October 23, when she was presented in the court of chief judicial magistrate DR Rajneesh.