Suicide abetment case: Arrest panchayat members, says women panel - ECAS Punjab

Suicide abetment case: Arrest panchayat members, says women panel

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 20

Taking cognisance of the news reports of a woman ending her life at Bajuha Khurd village after being allegedly humiliated by the village panchayat, the Punjab State Commission for Women has ordered the suspension of all members of the panchayat and filing of FIRs against them who saw the woman being beaten up.

The commission has written to the DGP, Punjab, to suspend and arrest all nine members of the Bajuha Khurd panchayat (instead of the three already booked). The commission has sought a report on action taken in the case within 15 days.

An FIR had been filed against four persons (three panchayat members and a neighbour of the deceased) under Section 306 of the IPC at the Sadar police station Nakodar. So far, only one member has been arrested, while the rest are absconding.

Notably, days after being allegedly humiliated during a panchayat hearing of a dispute, the 35-year-old mother of three children had committed suicide.

Speaking to The Tribune, Manisha Gulati, Chairman of the commission, said: “The entire panchayat should be booked. Even the 45 people who watched the incident are equally responsible. We have called for a detailed inquiry and immediate arrest of those absconding. The woman was publicly embarassed and driven to suicide. She was chased and people’s homes were searched to locate her. The woman had tried to approach the police for action. We have also recommended that in future, officers who delay listening to complaints, especially from women, be dealt with strictly.”

from The Tribune

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