Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission chairman Rajesh Bagha on Saturday condemned the incident in which a teenage girl died after she was thrown out of a moving bus in Moga for resisting a molestation bid. He also took a dig at higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra who earlier in the day claimed that the incident was “God’s will”, saying that he(minister) should not made such statement on a sensitive issue like this.
Bagha was in the city after meeting the victim’s family in Moga.
The teenager and her mother boarded the bus at Moga on Wednesday and they were thrown out after being subjected to indecent gestures and lewd comments by bus staff following an altercation over fare.
“We have fixed a meeting with the director general of police (DGP) on Tuesday at the commission office to discuss the ongoing issues faced by Dalits and to provide them social security,” Bagha said.
“The community is being subjected to atrocities whether it was lathicharge on students in Nawanshahr, a Dalit woman’s miscarriage or vandalising the pictures of Guru Ravidass. We will also try to meet the home minister to discuss the matter to hold awareness programmes for members of the community so that they do not feel dejected,” he added.
“I have asked Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) JS Khaira and the deputy commissioner to provide security to the victim’s family and arrange a separate room for them in hospital as her mother is not getting proper rest due to rush of visitors.”
“The family was also complaining that the police did not parade the accused before the victim’s family for identification for which we have asked the DC to do the needful,” he added.