Ropar, October 21, 2023: As per media reports, A jobless teacher commit suicide jumped to the Sirhind canal in the wee hours today.
According to the news published in The Tribune, the victim has been identified as Balwinder Kaur. She was among 483 members of the 1158 Assistant Professors and Librarians Front who had been sitting on a dharna near the residence of Education Minister Harjot Bains at Gambhirpur village for the past two months.
However, acting on the statement of her brother Hardev Singh, the police have booked her husband Supreet Singh and her father-in-law Bagh Singh.
Ropar SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said they had booked Balwinder’s husband and her father-in-law under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC.
Hardev alleged that Supreet had been harassing Balwinder for the past five years after she gave birth to a girl child. She also suffered miscarriage twice and was under depression, claimed Hardev, adding that before ending her life, Balwinder also left a voice message stating that she couldn’t face more harassment.
Balwinder reportedly left a suicide note alleging that the minister was responsible for his death and was claimed to be under depression.
He said a suicide note, handed over by Supreet, in which the victim had named the minister was also being probed.
In October 2021, the process to recruit 1,158 professors and librarians was initiated. In December 2021, 607 selected candidates were handed over the appointment letters. While 124 of them joined their duties, the remaining 483 couldn’t join due to a large number of petitions filed against the recruitment.
On August 22, 2022, the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the recruitment following which the state government filed a Letter Patent Appeal against the decision of the Single Bench.
Ropar SHO Pawan Kumar said Balwinder’s two-wheeler was found near old bridge on the Sirhind canal around 1 am today. Her body could not be recovered so far, he said.
Opposition leaders Pargat Singh and Harsimrat Kaur Badal attcked the government over the incident.