When saviours turn predators

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2015 13:11 IST

While arrest of all the accused of the Women’s Day gangrape within three days and the way the Ludhiana police took up the matter has set an example for police of other districts and states, there are a few cops who have brought bad name for the police department by involving in crimes related to sexual abuse.

In April 2008, the police department had dismissed three cops, including an ASI, for raping a minor near Rakh Bagh and had arrested all the accused. Later, the case was disposed of as the victim did not pursue the case and the dismissed cops got their jobs back.

In a recent case, the Dugri police had booked a constable Manveer Singh for sexually exploiting a woman constable on the pretext of marriage on January 19. A case under Section 354-A (molestation) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the accused in this context. The accused had joined the police force around three years back.

In her complaint, the victim had stated that she was deputed at the police control room (PCR) women patrolling squad in the Dugri area. She came in contact with the accused at the Dugri police station.

She alleged that the accused had promised her that he would marry her. The accused had taken her to a resort near Jandiyali and raped her. After some time, the accused had refused to marry her.

The victim had to struggle for at least six months to get the case registered as father of the accused is reader with an additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP). The officials were pressurising her to withdraw the complaint.

SHO at the Dugri police station sub-inspector Gurveer Singh said the accused constable Manveer Singh had surrendered before the court and was bailed out by the court later. Investigation in this regard is on in the case.

Women cops victim to eve-teasing

The women cops have also been victims to crime. On November 22, the division number 5 police had registered a case against four for throwing indecent gesture towards women cops. Four youths travelling in a tractor-trolley had made indecent gesture towards two women constables near Bharat Nagar Chowk. The women constables had showed courage and informed SHO at division number 5 police station Inspector Beant Juneja.

The police swung into action immediately and stopped the tractor-trolley near the Jagraon Bridge.

The police had arrested all the four offenders and lodged an FIR against them following the statement of the women constables concerned.

A case under Section 354-D (showing indecent gesture towards women), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC was registered against the accused.

SHO at the division number 5 police station Inspector Beant Juneja said, “Both the parties came to a compromise and the case was closed. The accused in the case had apologised.”

Predators target kids of cops, too

Children of cops are also become target of sexual offenders. On March 1, the Koom Kalan police had booked a government teacher for raping a 17-year-old daughter of a homeguard jawan who was deputed at the Machhiwara police station.
The police had arrested school teacher Surinder Kumar, 40, of Bhopana village of Koom Kalan. He has been lodged at the Ludhiana Central Jail on judicial remand.

SHO at the Koom Kalan police station Inspector Vinod Kumar said the police had arrested the accused after some days of case registration. The police have completed the investigation and will submit chargesheet in the court in a few days.

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It is a matter that is often discussed in drawing rooms, but seldom does it lead to introspection. HT invites readers – men and women – to write in with their experiences, personal and witnessed, of sexual harassment, You can choose to keep your identity hidden, and try to write in not over than 250 words. Keep in mind, each story shared will add to the collective consciousness of a society that needs cleansing. Play your part.

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