July 10, 2006 | Comments Off
Over the July 4th weekend in the Amritsar district of Punjab, the Dhariwal police arrested one constable and suspended three others on allegations of abuse inflicted upon a pregnant woman, Simranjit Kaur, and her father-in-law, Tarsem Singh. These individuals were identified as constable Sukhpal Singh, head constable Chanchal Singh, constable Gurdev Singh, and driver Raghubir Singh.
The beating resulted in a stillbirth for seven-month pregnant, 21-year-old Simranjit Kaur, who is now recovering in the Gurdaspur Civil Hospital. The four policeman allegedly entered Kaur’s home with “a score to settle” against her husband, Kamaljit Singh Ladda. Kaur was assaulted while attempting to save her father-in-law Tarsem Singh from attack.
While seemingly condemning this act, DGP S. S. Virk himself has been accused of committing serious human rights violations, such as torture and extrajudicial executions, in Punjab during the police counter-insurgency operations of 1984-1995. Virk remains in office on request of the Punjabi Government.