Nepali woman still missing,NGO moves rights panel

Terming it to be a case of “violation of human rights”,a Panchkula-based NGO has moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),seeking intervention in the case of the alleged abduction of a 21-year-old Nepali woman

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 8, 2013 4:36:42 am

Terming it to be a case of “violation of human rights”,a Panchkula-based NGO has moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),seeking intervention in the case of the alleged abduction of a 21-year-old Nepali woman by a head constable of the Chandigarh Police.

The NGO has referred to and annexed the news item,dated September 6 of Chandigarh Newsline. The news report highlighted how the police gave a clean chit to the head constable accused of abducting a Nepali woman. Kirti,wife of Nand Lal Giri,has been missing for over a fortnight.

Chandigarh Newsline had reported that rather than registering an FIR into the case,the police,in an “in-house” inquiry,has given a clean chit to the head constable,while Kirti is still missing.

In a letter to the NHRC,R P Malhotra,president of the NGO,Samadhaan, has urged the commission to take suo motu cognizance of the news item. He has submitted that it is a case of “clear-cut violation of basic human rights”.

“Besides bringing culprits to the books,order may please be issued for the recovery of the missing person swiftly,” Malhotra has submitted.

Appearing to be going soft on its head constable,the Chandigarh Police had said that “discrepancies” in the statement made by an eyewitness were the reason behind the clean chit. While legal experts maintain that an FIR ought to be registered without delay,the Chandigarh Police thought otherwise. Only a daily diary register entry has till now been made by the police in this regard.

Originally from Nepal and living in the city for the past seven-eight years,Nand Lal Giri,a cook,had given a written complaint to the police,accusing Head Constable Bhoop Singh of abducting his wife in front of him on the evening of August 21 from Sector 8. Giri had noted down the registration number of the head constable’s private vehicle and given to the police in his written complaint.

The inquiry officer in the case gave a clean chit to Singh as the allegations against him “had not been corroborated”. The inquiry report was forwarded to senior police officers to take appropriate decision. However,no FIR has been registered and Giri’s wife Kirti is still missing.

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