Teacher miscarriage case: Union demands jail for SI
Claiming that suspension was ‘too meager a punishment’ for a Jalandhar Police sub-inspector (SI), Bhupinder Singh, who detained a pregnant teacher for four hours on Sunday, allegedly leading to her miscarriage, members of Sikhya Providers Teachers Union have demanded immediate arrest of the sub-inspector.Updated: Mar 26, 2015 23:00 IST
Claiming that suspension was ‘too meager a punishment’ for a Jalandhar Police sub-inspector (SI), Bhupinder Singh, who detained a pregnant teacher for four hours on Sunday, allegedly leading to her miscarriage, members of Sikhya Providers Teachers Union have demanded immediate arrest of the sub-inspector.
“Mere suspension is not enough. He will rejoin after six months. The district administration should jail him,” Manjeet Singh, zonal president, Sikhya Provider Teachers Union, said.
Union members across the state burnt the effigy of the state government on Thursday and demanded the resignation of education minister Daljit Cheema for not showing any concern for women employees.
“Many women members of the union were picked up from their houses and put in jail. I was also picked up from my house at 4am and was kept in a Ludhiana jail till Wednesday,” he said.
“Even last year, the state government showed no mercy in December last year when more than 30 women teachers and 70 male teachers were sent to the Kapurthala jail when we had planned a state-level protest at PAP Chowk in Jalandhar for regularisation of jobs and better salaries,” he said.
The union will hold a state-level protest in Jalandhar on Saturday, claiming that members would resort to a permanent protest after Saturday and may hold hunger strike until their colleague gets justice. They said they would fight against the discrimination the state government had meted out to contract employees and demanded regularisation of their jobs.
Rajni (30), the teacher in question, had alleged that police forcibly picked her up from her house at 6.30am on Sunday, suspecting that she was a part of a team that planned to protest and show black flags to the PM during his visit to Hussainiwala border in Ferozepur.
Rajni suffered a miscarriage the next day (Monday) after being detained for over four hours. The medical cause of the miscarriage has been documented as ‘tension’.
Sub-inspector Bhupinder Singh was suspended late in the day and shifted to the police lines.
First Published: Mar 26, 2015 22:56 IST