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Parents of dowry victim not happy with police probe: IHRO
Submitted by dsgill on Thu, 2005-12-22 14:16.

Parents of dowry victim not happy with police probe: IHRO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21

With the Ropar police dropping the charges of dowry demand against the Mohali-based in-laws of a local woman, who was allegedly killed for dowry, the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO and the parents of the deceased have expressed dissatisfaction at the investigations conducted by the police into the case.

Amandeep Kaur, daughter of a PAU Professor, Dr B.S. Joia, who was working as a lecturer in an Education College near Mohali was allegedly poisoned to death on November 5.

In an update to Punjab State Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Women, which had asked for the recent developments in the case, the IHRO and Dr Joia have expressed their shock at the fact that the challan was presented under Section 306, (abetment to suicide) instead of 304 B of the IPC under which an FIR was registered, thereby absolving all the accused of the charge of dowry.

In their letter, they stated that the police even went to extent of absolving the two accused of the crime that they committed. Now the police, in its charge-sheet put forth in the court, has comforted Charanjit Singh Bhangu, father-in-law and Jyoti, sister-in-law, of the deceased, by keeping them out of the charge-sheet.

IHRO Chairperson, Mr D.S. Gill, while talking to The Tribune today said the deceased woman's father had been writing them letters for the past many years that their daughter was being subjected to harassment and cruelty as her in-laws wanted more dowry.

He added that he had received a letter in May 2003 by Dr Joia which had stated that his son-in-law used to ask his daughter that he should be given a Scorpio car. She was regularly taunted for bringing less dowry. She was also beaten up frequently by them, especially by her husband and his sister. When her father-in-law, Mr Charanjit Singh and his wife Harinder Kaur, were requested to stop ill-treating his daughter, they expressed their helplessness, alleged Mr Gill.

Amandeep's marriage was solemnised with Ajit Pal Singh (aka Jiwan) of Mohali on February 18, 2002. Apart from other usual items, a Santro LE car registered in his name with registration No PB 10 AV 2681 was also given as demanded by them.

After looking into the allegations, the IHRO constituted a team of women activists, comprising of Inderjit Kaur, Harminder Kaur Jassal and Sarbjot Kaur to monitor proceedings of the case. The team observed some connivance of the police with the accused. The arrests of the two accused out of the four proved this observation, said Mr Gill.

He also said at that time Amandeep was facing rough weather at the hands of her in-laws and husband. Even the Sarabha Nagar police and Mohali police had to intervene to broker peace. Later on, after detailed discussion with Dr Joia and his daughter, Amandeep Kaur, Mr Gill had asked Charanjit Singh Bhangu, along with his family members, to visit his Ludhiana office to have detailed discussion on the matter.

"He, his wife and son visited the office. They admitted almost all allegations mentioned in the complaint, of course, on the condition that there would be no case of dowry etc against them, if all went well. On this, the other party agreed and decided to send back Amandeep to her in-laws house. But, after some time, the same trouble began which resulted in Amandeep's death on November 5, 2005, at her in-laws house under mysterious circumstances," alleged Mr Gill.

"The police, after registering the case under Section 304 B (dowry death) of the IPC, seems to have connived with the accused and benefited them violating the norms and principles laid down by the Supreme Court of India. In these circumstances, the victims cannot get justice especially when the police and the accused are one on certain matters. Hence, it is a denial of justice and it would certainly encourage crimes against women," he said.
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