Cou­ples suf­fer as pro­tec­tion home no­body’s baby

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PANCHKULA: Run­away cou­ples lodged at the pro­tec­tion home in Sec­tor 20 of Panchkula have be­come vic­tims of of­fi­cial apathy as au­thor­i­ties are putting the ball in each other’s court as far as en­sur­ing their com­fort­able stay on the premises is con­cerned.

In what can only be a poor re­flec­tion of the go­ings-on at the pro­tec­tion home, as many as three cou­ples were lodged in a sin­gle room. Proper meals were also not served to them on time.

In­ter­est­ingly, when a cou­ple de­manded food, po­lice­men on duty al­legedly told them: “You bet­ter take it from chief ju­di­cial mag­is­trate-cum-sec­re­tary of district le­gal ser­vices author­ity (DLSA), Jaibir Hooda.

The chief ju­di­cial mag­is­trate had raided the place three times in re­cent times. As per Pun­jab and Haryana high court or­der, the DLSA of­fi­cial has to reg­u­larly visit the pro­tec­tion home, which was re­cently shifted to the guest­house of Mar­ket­ing Board in Sec­tor 20, from its ear­lier premises at Po­lice Lines, Mogi­nand.

WHEN IN­MATES DE­MAND FOOD, PO­LICE­MAN DE­PLOYED AT THE COM­PLEX IN SEC­TOR 20 OF PANCHKULA ASKS THEM TO AP­PROACH JU­DI­CIAL OF­FI­CER

Sources said that when Hooda vis­ited the home on Novem­ber 22, he found three cou­ples stay­ing in one room, and only one un­armed po­lice­man in civvies on guard duty. The other two cops sup­posed to be de­ployed there were not present.

The CJM then got more rooms opened and shifted the cou­ples there. The in­mates com­plained to the ju­di­cial of­fi­cer that they were forced to buy food from out­side. The very next day, break­fast was not served to the cou­ples. When asked, the po­lice­men on duty al­legedly asked them to ap­proach the judge.

Sim­i­lar com­plaints were re­ceived on Novem­ber 27 as well. chief ju­di­cial mag­is­trate Jaibir Hooda raided the place around 9.30pm, and came across only one po­lice guard, who was rep­ri­manded. The po­lice­man in turn com­plained to DCP Parul Jain.

On Novem­ber 28, the ju­di­cial of­fi­cer again vis­ited the pro­tec­tion home, but the sit­u­a­tion vis-à-vis ar­range­ments and se­cu­rity re­mained the same.

When Hin­dus­tan Times vis­ited the pro­tec­tion home on Thurs­day, a cou­ple com­plained, “To­day, we have not got lunch. Ear­lier, three cou­ples were stay­ing in one room. Now, two cou­ples are stay­ing in a sin­gle room. When we asked for the kitchen to be opened to­day for boil­ing milk, the po­lice­man on duty said get it done from the judge. We are be­ing treated like an­i­mals.”

It was learnt that Hooda had com­plained to district and ses­sions judge Anita Chaud­hary about the state of af­fairs at the pro­tec­tion home.

A report pre­pared by DLSA coun­sel Man­bir Singh Rathi has also been submitted to au­thor­i­ties.

When con­tacted, SHO of Sec­tor 20 po­lice sta­tion, main­tained that po­lice were only con­cerned with se­cu­rity at the pro­tec­tion home while all other ar­range­ments had to be made by the deputy com­mis­sioner. DC Ashima Brar could not be con­tacted for com­ments.

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