|Chronology of event on Bust of Sex racket in Sgr/Jmu
|Bagh E Mehtab, Srinagar
|Bagh E Bahu, Jammu
|Busted on April 3, 2023
|Busted on March 8, 2023
|Accused Booked under PITA
|Accused Booked under POCSO
|Additional PSA slapped on both accused
|No such action
|Accused premises sealed under PITA
|Brothel not sealed
|Accused reportedly were not repeat offenders
|Accused is a History Sheeter
|Action taken within 6 days
|No PSA, sealing brothel despite lapse of 32 days
|SHO still intact after FIR
|SHO transferred within 16 days of slapping POCSO
|Police updated the issue on Social media
|Official Twitter of District Police Jammu is silent
|DC appoint SPO(Inspector) for action in PITA cases
|Yet, No such action
JAMMU : Residents of Qasim Nagar have voiced strong reservations over the “soft handling” of kingpin of sex-racket busted by police in Qasim Nagar locality of Bagh e Bahu area and expressed their resentment against police especially SSP Jammu Chandan Kohli allegedly for being lenient towards history sheeter Swarna and her gang.
Residents who recorded their statements on two occasions against hassle free operations of Swarna’s brothel said “Strange are the ways of working of Police in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory wherein in one case, the Srinagar police in larger interest of public apart from registering case under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) booked prime accused under PSA and sealed premises used as brothel”.
Whereas, in case of Qasim Nagar sex-drug racket, except booking kingpin under POCSO Act, the laws fails to take its desired course of action against notorious lady for series of heinous crimes she committed with impunity for long, said aggrieved residents of Qasim Nagar.
Civil and Police authorities in district Srinagar deserve loud applaud for ensuring transparency in action against the accused and accomplishing this task in less than a week at a lightning speed after busting of a sex racket at Bagh e Mehtab area on April 03, 2023, they further added.
Accused Swarna who spoiled life of several innocent girls by pushing them into drug addiction as well as prostitution either by luring or forceful manner in last 2 decades is allegedly being treated “softly”, said Darshna Devi.
The police must treat Swarna with iron hands and sealed her brothel where I was drugged and coerced into prostitution during my illegal confinement, demanded minor girl who was recently rescued from Swarna premises by police.
She is a demonic lady and threat for society as apart from flesh trade she is also engaged in consumption and sale of heroin at her brothel @196, Qasim Nagar, she added angrily.
Astonishingly, the police under the dynamic leadership of SSP Jammu on March 8, 2023 busted a well organized inter district drug-sex racket but except booking culprits under POCSO Act, the police failed to initiate proceedings for sealing brothel premises by preferring to remain silent on incorporation of relevant section of PITA in FIR No 32/2023 dated 8/3/2023 to avoid initiating formal proceedings for sealing of brothel besides slapping history sheeter Swarna with PSA on analogy of Srinagar case, says Prof SK Bhalla.
As a matter of fact, the police in Srinagar besides sealing premises booked the culprits under PSA and PITA just on the strength of one FIR but here in Jammu, despite 06 FIRs including one under PITA against history sheeter woman in question, she is being handled with kid gloves.
Even, the then SHO of Bagh e Bahu Police station Inspector Sikander Singh Chouhan despite registration of FIR No 0088 dated 10/09/2022 u/s 18.104.22.168 of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 382, 341,323,504,506 of IPC preferred to observe stony silence on a serious matter until he was transferred to other police station which is a matter of investigation in itself for the police department.
Policing in Jammu has become a mockery that despite all evidences and recording of statements of aggrieved citizens against the arrested woman, the police has still failed to sealed premises, book her under PSA as also other stringent provisions of law, says Dr. Shabnam.