Barnala, Dec 28, 2013 –
Ludhiana acid attack victim Harpreet Kaur was cremated at her hometown Barnala on Saturday.
The family and friends who were eager to see her as a bride three weeks ago bid adieu to her with teary eyes. Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the cremation. Victim's grandmother Amar Kaur, 70, was inconsolable.
The family demanded capital punishment for attackers and implicating the groom's family in the case.
Various leaders and industrialists, who had offered help to the family, were conspicuous by their absence. No one from the groom's family attended the cremation.
Deputy commissioner Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu said, "Commensurate with his qualification, the victim's brother will be given the job of a sewadar at the suwidha centre."
Finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa announced Rs. 5 lakh for the family.
Sidhu said that as demanded by the family, their meeting with the Ludhiana police commissioner had been arranged for Sunday.
Regarding the easy access of acid in the market, SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghuman said, "Battery dealers and other traders dealing in acid have been told to keep a proper record of their stock and to report the matter to police immediately if a suspicious person demands acid."
Rajdev Singh Khalsa, advocate, pleading the victim's case, said, "Section 302 of the IPC gets automatically invoked with the death of the victim. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the case, if it is shifted to a fast-track court, the verdict may come in six months."
Gagan Kaur, a friend of the victim, said, "Such cases linger on for years, even decades and get weakened. These should be solved through fast-track courts. Strict message should be sent out by taking stern action against acid attackers so that no one even thinks of such an inhuman act."
BB Goyal - *HT Media Ltd.