Aman Sood, Tribune News Service
Badshahpur (Ghagga), December 28. They lost their daughter Daljit Kaur (name changed) who committed suicide after being denied justice by the police. Now, they stand alone, forsaken by fellow residents for “bringing disgrace” to the village. Except for family members and close friends, not many from the village attended the girl’s funeral yesterday.
“Many in the village have shunned us for registering a rape case. It is not our fault that some police officers have been suspended for not acting against those who raped my cousin,” said a grieving Charanjit Kaur.
Patiala Inspector-General of Police Paramjit Singh Gill was among those who visited the bereaved family today. “None heard Daljit Kaur as she ran from pillar to post for help. What purpose will the officers’s visit serve now. They can only express regret,” said another relative.
The victim’s father refused to talk on the issue, claiming that he has heard enough“Wherever I would go, the villagers would ask me all sorts of questions pertaining to my daughter. I just wanted justice and never wanted to strike a compromise with the accused. It was the police that wanted us to reach an agreement,” he said.
The victim’s mother Surjit Kaur said that instead of standing up for her daughter who had been wronged, “ several village residents supported the accused and wanted the case to be withdrawn in lieu of money.”