Contrary to the claims of Ludhiana police of being sensitive towards the grievances of the fairer sex, a newlywed woman, who was allegedly thrown out of the house by her in-laws, had to wait for more than 14 hours to get police assistance. That too, only after the intervention of police commissioner Sanjiv Kalra.
However, the apathetic attitude of the police continued even after getting directions from the police commissioner. According to the victim, Harjinder Kaur, the police called her to the Sarabha Nagar police station and made her wait for at least seven hours to record her statement.
She alleged that the police were hand in glove with her in-laws and allowed them to escape instead of lodging an FIR and arresting them.
In her complaint, Kaur, a native of Delhi, said she married NRI Gurmeet Singh Manchanda of I-Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar on December 1 last. Soon after, her in-laws started harassing her for dowry. She filed a complaint with the police station concerned, but the police refused to take action. Therefore, she moved back to her parental house in Delhi, and lodged an FIR at Paschim Vihar police station on January 22 against her in-laws and husband.
Later, on the request of the relatives, both families reached an accord after her in-laws and husband promised to not harass her anymore and try for an Australian visa for her. Therefore, she withdrew her complaint on May 7, and returned to her husband's house on Friday.
Kaur alleged that when she reached the house at 6pm, instead of welcoming her, her in-laws pushed her out of the house.
“I made a complaint to the police immediately, and also made a call to the women helpline number issued by Ludhiana police. But, it was only after hours that a cop from Sarabha Nagar police station turned up. Regrettably, instead of taking action, the cop allowed my father in-law to flee, and asked me to reach the police station in the morning to record my statement,” Kaur alleged.
“I, along with my father Gurmeet Singh, and mother remained outside the house of my husband the whole night and called for police help repeatedly, but to no avail. On Saturday morning, I called the police commissioner, following which the police appeared there and asked me to record my statement,” she alleged.
Refuting the allegations levelled by the woman, inspector Amrinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) at Sarabha Nagar police station, said the police would take action after taking advice from deputy attorney (legal).