A 25-year-old artiste from Punjab was shot dead while performing at a wedding late on Saturday in Maur Mandi town in Punjab.
Kulwinder Kaur was shot while she was performing on stage at a wedding ceremony in Punjab. She died on the spot. She was part of a four-member dance troupe from Bathinda who had come to perform at a wedding in Maur Mandi town in Punjab.
Two narratives of the incident have surfaced. One version claims that the shooting was an accident during the celebratory gunfire. Another version says that she was intentionally killed by an inebriated guest when he was not allowed to dance with the group on the stage.
As per NDTV reports, Rajinder Singh, the husband of the victim Kulwinder Kaur, said his wife was shot by a friend of the groom when he was stopped from going on to the stage to dance with the women. “They had been asking her to get off the stage and join them. But she refused. So, they shot her,” he said. He also claimed that his wife was 12 weeks pregnant, but the doctors have refuted this claim. Further information will be available only after the post-mortem.
The police, however, maintain that it is a case of celebratory firing gone wrong. A hunt is on for the accused Billa, who fled after the incident. A case of murder has been registered against him, and five others who were part of the group. All are presently absconding.
Eyewitnesses say that the women were performing on stage when the celebratory firing began. A bullet fired by Billa got stuck in his double-barreled gun, and while he tried to unlock it, it hit Kulwinder. Other reports claim that the group open fired when they were not allowed to dance on the stage.
The video of the shooting was posted on social media and has gone viral since. It shows her collapsing immediately after the close range shot. Another video was posted showing how the victim was not carried but dragged from the stage to the floor after being injured.
A report by The Hindustan Times says that the gun belonged to Sanjay Goyal, son of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Vijay Goyal. “The gun is owned by Sanjay Goyal, son of Vijay Goyal. Sanjay was present at the crime scene,” said SSP Bathinda Swapan Sharma. It was a 12 bore, double barrel gun.
We can see in the video the person shooting the woman and later we can see people dragging her body instead of carrying her.
Some Points to Ponder:
- We already know it is morally and ethically wrong. But how legal is it to carry, flaunt, and use firearms in public spaces like this?
- From the video, it is clear that the person shot her but still there is another version saying that it was a result of celebratory firing and even police agreeing to the idea. We hope more videos from the incident come up, so that the culprit can be punished.
- As a politically powerful person is involved in it, we might not hear about the case in future; there have been many incidents of people in power getting away after doing such crimes. We hope this doesn’t happen with this incident too.
- Carrying of guns in marriages must be banned completely.
The Logical Indian denounces the incident. The accused must be nabbed as early as possible and tried before the court. And, if proven guilty, severe punishment should be awarded making it an example.
We further appeal to the people to not to use any guns in any celebration as a status symbol. It is the symbol of hooliganism, savagery, and not civility.