06082017-CT-01.qxd 8/6/2017 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 6 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH 1,400-km duathlon Landslides wreak havoc Softball championship A duathlon dedicated to 18th anniversary of Kargil War was flagged off by Gen VP Malik. P4 Continuous rain results in landslides at over 12 places in Morni and Panchkula. P5 GMSSS, Sector 35, have defeated Saupin’s School, Sector 32, by 4-1. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.5°C MIN 25.8°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.12 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.43 AM Stalked, girl says women must traininself-defence Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 5 The young victim, who braved the late night harassment and alleged abduction attempt by two drunken youths in an SUV has set an example for , other girls to come forward and report such incidents to the police. Calling it the scariest day of her life, she advocates defence training to girls and carrying personal-defence equipment. She shares her experience in a chat with Chandigarh Tribune: It must have been a horrific experience? I was extremely scared last night. Nothing could have been worse than this. This was the scariest day of my life so far How swift was the Chandigarh Police? I am very thankful to the police. Had the police not acted swiftly, I may not have been fine today. After the incident, the women cell offered me support. They also helped me mentally. Do you think Chandigarh is a safe place for women? This is probably the safest city in India. I never felt unsafe in the city before this incident. Isolated incidents were there but this was an outrageous act. Do you think incidents of eveteasing go unreported? Girls should not be afraid and WAS ALMOST KIDNAPPED ON A CHANDIGARH ROAD LAST NIGHT Vikas Barala, the accused. should take a stand. If such people are not taught a lesson, then the situation will never improve. We talk of women’s safety, so we also have to walk the tightrope. What was the reaction of the public at the spot? At the Housing Board chowk, I had to stop my car due to the red signal while the youths in the SUV were following me. One of the youths even tried to open my door, but fortunately it was locked. Out of fear, I constantly honked my horn, so as to seek people’s attention. But, no one acted. May be they were afraid that the youths could be carrying a weapon. I cannot blame them. But we expect the public to at least call at 100 at such point. What should girls do for their safety? I am glad I am safe as the police acted swiftly, but quick assistance may not always be there. So, self-defence training is a must for women. continued on page 4 The cop who answered my call, intuitively sensed the urgency in my voice, and promised me that help would be along very soon. That being said, I’d like to take a moment to commend and thank Chandigarh Police for unparalleled efficiency and attention to a distress call from me. They almost restore my faith in the system. I hung up and had now reached the main road, and hadn’t seen the SUV for about 15 seconds, so I hoped, that they’d seen me calling the cops and disappeared. I was wrong. I was driving home from the Sector-8 market at about 12:15am, and crossed the road into Sec7, near a petrol pump. I was also on the phone with a friend at the time, and realised about a minute later that a car was following me. It was a White SUV, and as I noticed it, it pulled up and started driving alongside my car. I was now in Sec 7, heading towards the lights next to St. John’s school in Sector 26. There were 2 guys inside the SUV, and they seemed to really be enjoying harassing a lone girl in the middle of the night, judging by how often their car swerved, just enough to scare me that it might hit me. By now I was totally alert and mildly panicky, so I decided to turn right from the St.John’s school traffic lights towards Madhya Marg (a more crowded, seemingly safer road). I tried to turn right from the lights but the SUV blocked my way, forcing me to go straight into Sec 26. At the next turn, I tried to turn again, but this time they went a step further. Right at the turn, they blocked the road in front of my car, and the guy in the passenger seat got out of the car and started walking towards me. I reversed as fast as I could and went straight and took the next right turn before they could catch up again. I used this time to also call the cops at 100, and explain to them the situation and my exact location and where I was headed. I was now on a straight road for about 5-6 km (Madhya Marg), and that entire time, the SUV stayed alongside my car, trying to bully me into stopping every 10-15 seconds LITERALLY. I was in a full-blown panic attack by now because they would keep trying to corner me, and I’d somehow manoeuvre my way out and keep moving. Half in tears, half bewildered, because I didn’t know if I’d make it home tonight. These guys INCESSANTLY bullied me all the way to the Solitaire hotel, and at the traffic lights, blocked my car for the final time. This time they meant business, because they left me absolutely no space to move or escape, and the passenger JUMPED out of the car and moved towards mine. I don’t know how, but I reversed my car and moved to the right where there was space, all this while constantly honking. At this point, the guy had reached my car, banged loudly on my window, AND TRIED TO OPEN THE DOOR HANDLE! Just as he did this, I saw a PCR pull up at the lights. A couple of cops ran out towards the SUV, nabbing it just in time. If this is what women deal with in one of the safer cities in the country, where are we going? LADIES! Please be proactive about your own safety. STAY SAFE, LADIES! Cannot question the system, says father Chandigarh, August 5 The father of the victim, an IAS officer, said the issue was being highlighted as a politician and a bureaucrat are involved but it should be taken as a case of eveteasing. “The media is giving some other angle to the case. It is a simple case of two adults chasing a girl and harassing her. While she was being chased, it was not known whose son they are or whose daughter she is,” he told Chandigarh Tribune. On only non-bailable sections being added to the FIR, he said: “I cannot question the system on the very first day of the incident because this is the system which has got my daughter safe. The police are the best persons to decide what sections are to be added.” The girl alleged the youths tried to abduct her. He also wrote on his FB account: “We are thankful that she survived this ordeal. The goons had a very clear intention of abducting her, and she escaped because of her courage and presence of mind. But it was a very close call, and her trauma is unimaginable. I suppose it will take her a long time to get back to a normal life. SNIPPETS 3 held for tearing cop’s uniform Chandigarh: Three members of a family were arrested for allegedly quarrelling and tearing the uniform of a Sub-Inspector at the Burail police post. A case under Sections 186, 332 and 353 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station on the statement of SI Sumer Singh. Buta and two women members of his family had come to the police post to settle their case with another party, but they ended up quarrelling with the cop. They tore the uniform of the complainant while he was performing government duty. TNS Mobile phone, purse snatched Chandigarh: Two unknown persons sped away after snatching a mobile phone and a purse from a woman in Mani Majra. The purse contained Rs 100 in cash and an Aadhaar card. A case under Sections 379-A, 356, 411 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Mani Majra police station, Chandigarh. Later, one of the accused, Dharminder, was arrested in this regard. TNS c m y b As a father of two daughters, I feel compelled to take this matter to its logical conclusion. “Our clear intention is to bring the culprits to book. We do not intend to harm the families or relatives. However, we know it’s not going to be an easy struggle. continued on page 4 4 cops thrash minor in full public view Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, August 5 A 17-year-old Canadian resident was beaten by four policemen in full public view at the Phase 3B2 market here this evening. The only fault of the minor boy was that he was present near the showroom housing the office of an immigration consultancy service, which was raided by a Mataur police team. The minor boy, a student of Class XI, is in the town to spend vacation with his parents. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the boy alleged that four policemen started beating him up all of a sudden while he was waiting for his father, Professor Vikas Salaria, at the market. “The policemen said my son was making a video of their action, which is totally false,” claimed Professor Salaria, who runs a coaching centre at the market. One of the policeman The victim’s father talks to a police official in Mohali. TRIBUNE PHOTO admitted that it was a case of misunderstanding. “What misunderstanding. They have thrashed my son for no fault his. Just see the daring of a policeman, who said click his (policeman) photo and continued on page 4 HCS officer caught taking bribe Chandigarh, August 5 Shilpi Pattar, an HCS officer posted as Joint Commissioner at the MC was today arrested by a team of the CBI from her house in Sector 27 while she was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000. The officer, who is also Chief Fire Officer, had allegedly demanded Rs 5 lakh as bribe from the complainant but the deal was closed at Rs 1 lakh. The CBI team arrested the officer while taking bribe. The complainant, Tarsem said he had an SCO in the A CBI officer comes out of the house of Dr Shilpi Pattar, HCS officer, in Sector 27 on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRDAEEP TEWARI grain market at Sector 26. Pattar had got its first floor sealed. She had demanded money to open the floor. He lodged a complaint with the CBI and got her arrested. — TNS
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