Despite coronavirus induced lockdown, crime against women in Punjab is not coming to an end. Since lockdown, there has been a 21 per cent increase from 4,709 to 5,695 in total cases of crime against women between February and April 20, and a similar percentage of increase in cases of domestic violence against women from 3,287 to 3,993 during this period.
On Thursday evening, 3 horrendous cases of domestic violence and crime against women have been reported from three major cities of Punjab. In each case, either a woman is objectified or is been treated like an animal.
Reportedly, a brutal incident has come up from the metro city Ludhiana, where a woman was allegedly made to do harlot's business. The woman, today, ran off from her home and reached Daba police station to complain about the family members.
The victim told the police officer that her in-laws assaulted and tortured her over dowry and allegedly made her become a prostitute. She further sought the help of the cops and Women's Commission, to get rid off the wicked family.
Another case has been reported from city Phagwara of district Kapurthala, where a 6-month pregnant woman was beaten and tortured by her husband and mother-in-law. The two accused also kicked a woman in the womb which led to the death of the foetus.
The complaint was filed by the victim's brother saying that her sister was married to Vijay Kumar, a resident of village Darvesh, Phagwara. Soon after marriage, he started to torture her sister and at the beginning of lockdown, he even abused and beat her.
Victim's brother further added that now on May 18, she was again attacked by Vijay and her mother which caused the death of her unborn child in the womb. The complaint has been lodged by the Satnampura police and the victim demands justice, wants the administration to take stern action against the accused.
Providing details on the matter, ASI Major Singh of Satnampura police station confirmed that a case has been registered based on victim's statements and her husband Vijay Kumar has been arrested but her mother-in-law is still absconding. The police are looking for her and soon she will be arrested, said ASI.
Third, after the proactive intervention of Punjab State Women Commission, a case of rape has been registered at Beas Police Station.
Disclosing this here today, Chairperson of Punjab State Women Commission Mrs Manisha Gulati said that this incident had come to her notice through social media on which she asked SSP Amritsar Rural to take stern action. She said that on the direction of the Commission, Beas Police has registered a case against Santokh Singh alias Sukh Pradhan.
Mrs Gulati further said that the Punjab State Women Commission would always be committed to protect the interests of women in the state.