Chandigarh, Feb 3: Punjab State Women Commission chairperson Manisha Gulati on Monday asked the higher officials of the police department to evolve new policy for the early disposal of the dowry case properties lying in abundant in the police stations of the state.
Stating this while presiding over a meeting to resolve the problem faced by women, Ms Gulati said that during frequent visits to the police stations, it has been found that dowry case property is often lying in the open area and deteriorating day by day, which should be handed over to the concerned party with the permission of the court as soon as the case begins. The meeting, attended by Senior Vice Chairperson Bimla Sharma, Vice Chairperson Amritveer Kaur, Members Shalini Sharma, Kiranpreet Kaur Dhami, Inderjit Kaur, Jagdarshan Kaur, Madhu Sharma, Rajeshwari Koshish, Sarvjit Kaur Mann and Kuldeep Sapna, discussed the matter related to release the recovered case property in the dowry cases, which are pending in the courts of the state.
During the meeting, ADGP Chandar Shekhar apprised that lack of space in the police stations led to this problem. “If plaintiffs apply in the court immediately after the case begins, the belongings could be released on the court’s order after obtaining report from the police”, he added. The ADGP also informed that in many cases, the dowry property is not picked up from girl’s family. Hence, the police department is devising a new policy, under which three notices will be issued to the concerned party and if the goods are not collected, the money will be deposited in the government treasury by auctioning the same.
The Commission members suggested the Chairperson that police department should be instructed to first make a counseling of both the spouse prior to registering a complaint.
Ms Gulati appealed to all the members to sensitize the women about the welfare schemes and constitutional rights. (UNI)