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Amritsar woman victim makes a case for an FIR

There have been numerous probes into a case of harassment of a woman by her husband and in-laws in the last one year, but no case has been registered.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2013 22:17 IST
Harkirat SingH
Harkirat SingH
Hindustan Times

There have been numerous probes into a case of harassment of a woman by her husband and in-laws in the last one year, but no case has been registered.

All the probes, which included those conducted by senior police officers, recommended the registration of an FIR against her husband and his parents under sections 498-A (dowry) and 494 (bigamy) of the IPC. Even the district attorney, in his report, stated that a "case is made out", but no action was taken.

The failure to register the FIR also violates the standing orders by the state government and the DGP that if the complainant is a woman, an FIR should be registered immediately and a probe can follow.

Victim Jasmeet Kaur appealed for help even to the DGP and sent the details of her case on the helpline of the deputy chief minister on August 20, but has got no response. "I am helpless and don't know where to go," said Jasmeet while narrating her ordeal to HT here on Monday.

'Former commissioner sat on case'

Jasmeet, a resident of Sultanwind Road, got married to Gaurav Sood, a resident of Batala Road, in 2010. Thereafter, she, along with her husband and in-laws, shifted to Gurgaon, where her ordeal began.

She was allegedly harassed and ordered to get money from her parents. On her refusal, she was detained in the house. She, however, managed to get out after she intimated the Gurgaon Police about her detention on the police helpline.
On returning to Amritsar, she found out that her husband had married twice earlier without getting divorce. One of the marriages was to a foreign national. His parents had been witnesses to both these marriages.

She gave a written complaint to commissioner of police Ram Singh on August 29 last year. The complaint was marked to assistant commissioner of police, south, who directed the Sultanwind SHO to inquire and report in 10 days.

When the SHO allegedly took no action, the victim again approached the police commissioner, who sent the complaint to the women cell that recommended that it was a fit case for registration of a case.

Commissioner assures help

Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) member Sarabjit Singh met police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh on Monday.

The commissioner assured him to look into the case. The victim had approached the PHRO after no FIR was registered.

Sarabjit said, "This is a deliberate attempt to deny justice to a woman. Deletion of section 498-A of the IPC shows that the police are soft towards the accused as this is a non-bailable offence."

Jasmeet, though, is resolute. "If these cops have no faith in my complaint, they can visit Gurgaon, where the police rescued me from detention," she added.

First Published: Sep 09, 2013 22:16 IST