Woman whistleblower becomes flesh trade racket gang’s target

  • Anshu Seth, Hindustan Times, Ludhinana
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2014 11:18 IST

Instead of getting accolades for her daredevil act of busting a sex racket, 28-year-old Jaswinder Kaur of Fauji Mohalla has become the target of the kingpin and his associates who after being arrested on October 6 were out in the open in less than 24 hours.

A school teacher by profession, Jaswinder has been fighting a lone battle against Vijay Kumar Ladu and his three tenants, including Tirlochan Singh and Balbir Chand, for more than a year.

She lives with her father Gurcharan Singh in a house opposite to Ladu’s where his tenants have allegedly been running a sex racket for long.

Having seen minor girls being brought to Ladu’s house and being sexually exploited, the teacher finally raised her voice against the menace on October 5 by calling up the PCR at 100 number.

Eventually, cops came and caught some boys and girls red-handed during a raid conducted at Ladu’s house.

However, Jaswinder alleges that no action was taken against Ladu’s tenants who ran the racket.

Therefore, she sent a text message to police commissioner Pramod Ban, who directed the Atam Nagar Police Chowki to look into the matter.

She also went to the police station, following which cops swung into action and arrested Balbir Chand, one of the three tenants, while two others made good their escape.

Determined to fight till the last, when Jaswinder saw Tirlochan Singh in the area, she followed him and tipped the police who arrested him.

But her efforts nullified soon, as the police only booked them under preventive sections 107 and 151 under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

“After getting bail, Balbir and Tirlochan came to my house, and intimidated me by taking off their clothes and making obscene gestures. This could have been avoided had the police booked them under relevant sections for their offence,” Jaswinder rues.

The situation later got even worse as Tirlochan and Balbir threatened her of dire consequences, which forced her to again approach the cops at Atam Nagar police chowki, whose incharge ASI Inderjit Singh sent two male and a female constable with her on October 7.

“They did not trouble me that night. But after the cops left in the morning, Ladu and his tenants again surfaced and resorted to their abusive and intimidating language,” Jaswinder alleges.

Hopeful of getting justice Jaswinder says, “I have taken a pledge to fight against the individuals running this sex racket. Though the cops at Atam Nagar police chowki are not cooperating, I am hopeful that the police commissioner will extend every possible support. Also, I am sending a complaint to the National Commission for Women.”

When contacted, ASI Inderjit Singh said, “We have done everything that was required as per Jaswinder’s complaint. If she wants security, she will have to give an application to the police commissioner.”

Police commissioner Pramod Ban was unavailable for comment.

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