NCSC slams Punjab police officials,orders time bound action in the case.
In a case of minor Dalit girl,who was sold for Rs 70,000 by her maternal uncle to a landlord in Batala (Gurdaspur district in Punjab),the National Commission for Schedule Caste (SC) Monday snubbed Kapurthala police while summoning the senior officials. While the girl had filed a complaint with the SSP Kapurthala around three months back,no action has been taken by the police till date. The girl was kept like a bonded labour for three years at the landlords place,who is physically challenged married her forcibly.
The victim is an orphan and was 14-years-old when her uncle sold her. In place of SSP Kapurthala,who was summoned by the commission,SP Kapurthala,Baljit Singh,appeared before commission.
The commission warned the police that an FIR must be filed in this case in three days,all the accused must be arrested in seven days and an action taken report be submitted to the commission. If Police fails to act then the Inspector General Police (IGP) Jalandhar range and IGP Border range and other related police officials would be personally called by the Commission and action would be taken against them, a senior commission official said.
The girl in her complaint to police had said that after the death of her parents,she was living with family friend Darshan Singhs family in Takda village of Begowal area in Kapurthala district. Her maternal uncle,Mehnga Singh,was also living in the same village and he later sold her to his physically challenged landlord Lakhbir Singh of Batala for Rs 70,000 three years ago,when she was studying in class five.
I tried to escape from Lakhbirs place many times but could not succeed. I was beaten up badly many time and was later forcibly married to Lakhbir, the victim said,adding that some three months ago she managed to flee and reached Kapurthala at her other maternal uncle,Krishan Singhs place and filed a complaint with the police.
When Kapurthala police didnt act on her complaint the girl approached National Commission for SC.
Vice-chairman,SC Commission,Raj Kumar Verka questioned SP Baljit Singh,the representative of the SSP,in front of the victim at the local Circuit House asking why the case was not registered till date? This case does not fall under our jurisdiction and we have already informed the same to Batala police, SP Baljit Singh replied.
Verka then said that the girl was in Kapurthala before she was sold and also the complaint was filed in Kapurthala then it was the responsibility of Kapurthala police to file a case.
Verka said that in this case IG Jalandhar and IG Border range through an affidavit must clear the jurisdiction of the case immediately.
Asked bout the rehabilitation of the orphan girl,Verka said that she wants to stay with her maternal uncle Krishna.