So traumatized was a Dalit woman by the police’s refusal to lodge a case of rape against her tormentors, that she had to strip naked in protest in the middle of the national highway here on Monday.
And as passers-by stared at her in stunned silence, she vented her anger on the cops. The woman said if this is what a woman must do for justice, it is shameful for the authorities.
The Joginder Singh Chowk on Ferozepur-Ludhiana highway, where this woman protested, is just a few yards from the police station, but it still took cops 20 minutes to reach the spot and arrest her – even as traffic policemen remained mute spectators.
This time, she kept abusing the police, besides bringing the traffic to a halt. Ironically, despite taking so much time, when a team of Moga police reached the spot, there was no woman constable to handle her.
In the past five days, the 34-year-old woman, a resident of Ghalkalan village of Moga, had requested the police several times to register her complaint against two youths, who had allegedly raped her on May 12. Despite having submitted a written complaint with the SSP, Moga, no action was taken against the accused.