Amritsar, Sep 5: Day by day human beings are turning to wild animals from social animals. In a untoward incident, Payal, a young Dalit girl of 12 years of age working as a domestic maid, was not only not allowed to return home by her employers, but also handed over to the police for allegedly stealing the family"s gold ornaments.
The Police on their part did not spare the little girl. They not only filed a theft case against the minor girl, but also took her to police station, instead of lodgging her in a juvenile home, for interrogation. No woman cop accompanied the girl to police station. They did not stop at this. Failing to get a confession from her, they took her to Kot Khalsa police state. Luckly for Payal, she got a sympathetic hearing at the Kot Khalsa police station. They behaved to her well and also handed her over to her parents.
The deplorable episode unfolded over the weekend. On Saturday, Aug 30, her second day on the job, Resham Singh and family accused Payal of stealing 55 tola gold ornaments and did not let her go home. When the victim"s elder sister came to enquire, they told her Payal would take a while reaching home. “They tortured her and called the police on Sunday morning," said Payal"s father Sukhdev Singh. “Her hands and feet were swollen because of the torture inflicted on her. The medical report mentions as much."
Angry over the incident, various organizations in Amritsar have issued an ultimatum to police. They have threatened to launch an agitation if the case against the minor is not withdrawn and the concerned Police personal be punished. SSP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said the girl was interrogated after her employer filed a theft complaint against the girl. But he denied any torture.