Couples suffer as protection home nobody’s baby
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.