Bailiff mo­lests woman, vic­tim ar­rested de­spite CCTV clip

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent lud­hi­ana@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

A court bailiff ( an em­ployee) barged into a woman's house and mo­lested her, and in a rep­e­ti­tion of the Tarn Taran episode, the po­lice sided with him, putting the woman be­hind bars.

The ac­cused also passed lewd re­marks against her. An­gered at this bizarre be­hav­ior, the woman and a kin of her's thrashed the ac­cused, fol­low­ing which the court em­ployee filed a case of thrash­ing, ob­struct­ing pub­lic ser­vant in dis­charge of pub­lic fun­tion un­der Sec­tions 186 , 353, 379 , and theft at the Basti Jod­he­wal po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice ar­rested the woman and res­gis­tered a case against her when she went to t h e p o l i ce sta­tion on Wed­nes­day, de­spite her pleas and protes­ta­tions.

The woman was put be­hind bars de­spite her telling the po­lice that she was in pos­ses­sion of a CCTV footage in which the court em­ployee could be al­legedly seen mo­lest­ing her.

On Thurs­day the kin of the woman and the res­i­dents of the area ex­pressed their re­sent­ment at the ap­par­ently brash po­lice ac­tion. The rel­a­tives of the woman pro­duced the CCTV footage be­fore the court on Thurs­day, and also staged a protest be­fore the Basti Jod­he­wal po­lice sta­tion, rais­ing slo­gans against po­lice atroc­ity.

Later, in­spec­tor sta­tion house of­fi­cer (SHO) Bal­winder Singh as­sured the peo­ple that the po­lice would take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against the bailiff for mo­lest­ing the woman.

Ac­cord­ing to vic­tim's hus­band Sat­pal, the cou­ple had taken a loan of 1.5 lakh from a fi­nance com­pany. As they failed to file some in­stall­ments of the loan, the com­pany filed a case against them in court. Ac­cused Karamjit Singh, bailiff of the court, was vis­it­ing their house in Kailash Na­gar for the last three days.

Sat­pal al­leged that Karamjit passed lewd re­marks against his wife, Veena, and daugh­ters. When Veena re­sented, karamjit threat­ened her of po­lice ac­tion.

On Wed­nes­day the ac­cused barged into the vic­tim's house and mo­lested her. She raised the alarm.

Sat­pal said his fam­ily is re­puted in the area and an­gered at the deeds of the ac­cused, the peo­ple thrashed him. Karamjit filed a po­lice com­plaint against them later and the po­lice reg­is­tered a case with­out ver­i­fy­ing the mat­ter. Sat­pal ac­cused the po­lice of hav­ing turned a deaf ear to the pleas of his wife.

Varinder Se­h­gal, Congress coun­cil­lor from ward num­ber 3, said if the po­lice did not take ac­tion against the ac­cused, they would step up the ante.

HT PHOTO

A CCTV footage show­ing the ac­cused mo­lest­ing the woman at her house in Lud­hi­ana.

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