Woman head constable assaulted; minor girl harassed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 26, 2014 00:28 IST

Women and girls in the city continue to be victims of various crimes, irrespective of their age or status, with the offenders not even sparing the women in uniform.

The police have arrested one person identified as Amit Kumar, a resident of Katra Dullo Wala, on charges of misbehaving with and assaulting a woman head constable, Harjit Kaur, working with the traffic police.

"The accused parked his motorcycle on the road in Karmon Deori area where Harjit was on duty. She asked him not to park his vehicle there, but the accused misbehaved with and assaulted her," said sub-inspector Kashmir Singh of E Division police station. He added that the accused had been arrested.

"A case has been registered against him under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) and 354 (assaulting a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC," he said.
In another incident, a 13-year-old girl, a Class-9 student of a senior secondary school in Dhab Khatikan, has alleged that a resident of Haripura area teased and threatened to throw acid on her.

She also alleged that the man threatened her of dire consequences if she resisted his advances. The police have booked a man identified as Ram Kumar in this connection.

A case was registered against the accused under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 354 (assaulting a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman) of the IPC and section 11 (sexual harassment of the child) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Sub inspector Harjit Kaur of E Division police station, where the girl filed her complaint, said the complainant's father ran a tea-stall near the Amritsar railway station and the accused would tease the girl on her way to school or at her father's tea stall.

"As per the girl, the accused had threatened to throw acid on her if she refused to marry him and even dared to enter her house on June 17, but absconded on facing resistance from the girl's father and domestic help," said Harjit.

She further said that efforts were being made to arrest the accused. Around nine cases of rape involving minor girls have been reported this year alone.

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