Alleging torture, ashram inmate refuses to accompany her in-laws

Alleging torture, ashram inmate refuses to accompany her in-laws

"I was kept in chains and my in-laws used to harass and torture me. To get rid of my sufferings, I fled from the house. They (in-laws) used to threaten to kill me and my children if I protested." — Naseema Begum, victim

Hoshiarpur: Chaos ensued after Lal Hussain of Hardokhanpur and Chakkowal Shekhan village numberdar, accompanied by cops from the Bulowal police station, reached Guru Nanak Seva Society Ashram in Labh Nagar here to take a woman inmate along with them on Thursday evening.

They claimed the woman had disappeared from her in-laws’ house and the family had also filed a complaint with the police on July 20 in this connection. However, SM Sidhu, a social worker and members of the Mahila Mandal who were also present there, said the woman had met them in a pitiable condition — a chain tied to her leg and she drenched with mud and cattle dung. }

They took the woman to the ashram run by Guru Nanak Seva Society, they said. The woman also got her statement recorded with the police. In her statement, she stated that her name was Naseema Begum and she was married to Noordin, a resident of Chakkowal Sheikhan. Her maternal home is in Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir. She said her in-laws used to harass and torture her and she was kept in chains like a cattle. To get rid of her sufferings, she fled from the house. She said her sister-in-law and her husband used to beat her up. The victim woman said they used to threaten to kill her and her children if she protested. ASI Kulwant Singh said he had received a complaint from the woman, alleging assault and torture by her husband, sister-in-law and brother-in-law. “The case will be investigated and action will be taken against culprits accordingly. The woman has refused to accompany her in-laws and is staying in the ashram,” he said. OC

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