Ludhiana Woman threatens to immolate herself at office of top cop

Alleges police inaction in harassment case

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23

A woman alleging physical and mental torture at the hands of her father-in-law and other relatives of her husband threatened to immolate herself at the office of the Commissioner of Police (CP) on Tuesday.

It was only when the woman was noticed by office staff and she was taken to the office of the top cop, she calmed down.

The woman claimed that she had brought some inflammable substance to immolate herself and her children.

Harpreet Kaur, a resident of Haibowal Kalan, along with her four children and mother had reached the CP’s office and raised hue and cry over police inaction in the harassment case.

“I got married to Inderjit Singh about 12 years ago and gave birth to four children. About seven months ago, my husband died in a road accident and later, my mother-in-law also breathed her last due to some health issues. For the past few weeks, my father-in-law and his sisters had been trying to throw me and my children out of the house. I had been physically and mentally tortured. Despite filling complaints, no action is being taken against the guilty, “the woman alleged.

She alleged that recently her father-in-law had thrown her and four children out of the house and she was forced to stay with her mother.

The woman said today she had come to hold a protest at the CP’s office where she had also planned to commit suicide by immolating herself. She alleged that after her suicide, the police might take action against her father-in-law and other suspects.

When the woman was raising an alarm, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar was entering the office premises and after noticing her, he called the woman and listened to her grievances.

“I have been assured by the CP that justice will be delivered either by registering a case or by making me to live at my husband house amicably. The CP marked a probe into the matter. I have full faith in the top cop’s assurance,” Harpreet said.

Notably, yesterday when Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi came to Ludhiana, the woman had also attempted to meet him but the CM’s security did not let her to meet him.

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