Cops accused of being soft on dowry givers
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 2
According to the law, taking dowry is as much an offence as giving it. However, the ground reality is quite different – only dowry seekers are taken to task. The local police appears to be at its wit’s end when faced with piquant situation of how to resolve cases where action is sought against the dowry givers.
During the past two years the police registered only three cases under Section 3 of the Dowry Prohibition Act (for giving dowry) while, on the other hand, 117 cases against those seeking dowry were filed in the period from January 1, 2008 till date. Police officials tried to explain this ‘double standard’ by maintaining it had received just three complaints against dowry in the past two years and had filed cases on all of them.
Refuting the police’s claims, members of the Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) asserted the cops were “hiding the actual information”. The members claimed to have knowledge of several men who had lodged complaints against their wives and in-laws for giving dowry. “There could be many such instances where the police was sitting over such complaints”, said a representative of the foundation.
Gaurav Saini, co-coordinator of SIFF’s Chandigarh chapter, said Tejinder Singh, a resident of Rajpura, had filed a complaint on January 4 and Lakhminder Singh, a Sector 37 resident, had filed a complaint at the public window (PW201001412) on March 19, 2010.
He said during the same period Pankaj, a Sector 44 resident, had filed a complaint through the public window (PW200906821) on December 17, 2009. Tejinder Singh Saini, a Sector 37 resident, registered his complaint through the public window (PW20100025) on March 19, 2010, Ravinder Singh Dhanju, a resident of Attawa, filed a complaint through the public window (PW200905473) on October 1, 2009 and Virat Karwal, a Sector 46 resident, had filed a complaint through the public window (PW200907041) on December 12, 2009.
The police did not provide the information with regard to the status of the above mentioned complaints even under the RTI filed by SIFF, Saini added.
One of the complainants, Dhunju, had reported he had married a Hisar resident on December 26, 2004. She filed a case against her husband on November, 2008 in Hisar alleging her family had spent Rs 18-20 lakh on her wedding. Dhunju filed a counter complaint that is still gathering dust at the police quarter
The story of Virat Karwal, a resident of Sector 46, is no different as are the stories of main others.
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