The woman allegedly committed suicide on 17 May by jumping from the SP&’s flat. But he didn’t inform police and went into hiding after locking the house
statesman news service
CHANDIGARH, 25 JUNE: A Punjab superintendent of police (SP) has been booked on charges of abetment of suicide of his subordinate’s 23-year-old daughter who last month jumped to death from a sixth-floor flat owned by the SP.
As the 50-year-old SP, Mr Mohal Lal, had allegedly exploited the victim, sexually after making false promise of marriage and job in police, investigating officers said charges of rape, abduction, destruction of evidence and illegal confinement are likely to be added in the case.
The woman allegedly committed suicide on 17 May by jumping from the SP’s flat at Rishi Apartments in Zirakpur town, adjoining Chandigarh. But the SP didn’t inform the police about the incident and went into hiding after locking the house.
The woman’s head constable father, working under Mr Lal at Batala then, had
filed a complaint against his senior officer alleging illegal confinement and rape of his daughter on the pretext of getting her recruited in the Punjab Police.
Apparently under pressure from the SP, the Zirakpur police had initially tried to cover up the incident; even the victim’s father took some time to file complaint against the SP.
But the latter’s complaint led to an inquiry into the incident by a three-member police team consisting of senior police officers following which a case was registered against the officer.
The victim’s post-mortem report had confirmed sexual exploitation. The probe has revealed that the married SP had promised to marry the victim. But he later put pressure on her to marry another man from his family.
A non-governmental human rights organisation had already moved the Punjab and Haryana high court to demand registration of an FIR against the SP. The court had issued notice to the SAS Nagar police to file a reply.