A Patiala woman was beaten with hockey sticks, over dowry and giving birth to a girl

A video that emerged online on July 14, 2017, is receiving shocked and upset reactions from anyone who views it. It features a gang of men assaulting and beating a woman with hockey sticks.


As upsetting as the video is, it reveals an even grosser police oversight if what the woman in the video alleges is true.

What happened?

Man grabbing woman's bruised leg

When Meena Kashyap gave birth to a daughter, her husband, Diljeet Singh, and his family were not too happy. As it is, they were angry at not having received the Rs 7,00,000 dowry that they had wanted two years ago at the wedding.

They started harassing Kashyap, and would often beat her and this led to her separating and living away from him in Patiala. She even filed a complaint against her husband and his family, citing dowry demands and violence, in April 2017 at the Kotwali police station.

After months of no response, Kashyap maintains that, in the first week of July, she’d met with Punjab director general of police, Suresh Arora, over the police inaction. According to her, Arora asked inspector general of police (Patiala division), AS Rai to look into the matter.


Then?

However, based on the video and Kashyap’s testimony, on July 13, 2017, Kashyap’s brother-in-law, Kamaljeet Singh, along with his friend, Gaurav, and others, attacked her with hockey sticks. They had found out about the police complaint.

Now?

 

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An FIR has been registered against Diljeet Singh, Kamaljeet Singh, and Gaurav, under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 120b (criminal conspiracy), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 454 (house trespass), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

 

Kotwali station house officer Surinder Bhalla confirmed that the police were waiting for Kashyap’s medical report before slapping on the more serious charges against the accused, who are in police remand.


What is shocking, apart from the horrible video, is that the Patiala police were aware of the woman’s predicament. She had told them about the violence and even filed an official complaint, however, there was nothing done against the people who became bold enough to attack her. What good is trusting the law and order when they don’t come through for you?

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