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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Ruchika Girhotra Case - another sad face of our Judiciary

The sad incident happened in 1990 in Haryana.

A 14 year old girl, Ruchika Girhotra, who was returning from her tennis practice was molested by Shambhu Pratap Singh Rathore who was then the Director General of Police in Haryana.

Though, the girl's parents were bold enough to file a case against the senior police officer and few lawyers helped them to fight against the injustice, our Indian Judiciary needed more than 19 years, 40+ adjournments, 400+ hearings and the little girl's life (unfortunately, Ruchika committed suicide in 1993) to convict Rathore as guilty. But still sentenced him only a 6 months of imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1000. Whats more unfortunate is that he was immediately offered a bail from that meager 6 months of imprisonment.

We can be proud about so many good things in our country, but still it is a big shame to know that with power, money and law experts, safety of a girl child can go so cheap in India. Shouldn't such criminals (that too a poloce officer) be punished so severly, so that it can be a lesson for others? With our Judiciary hibernating like this even for a proven crime, this will never happen.


Blogger shankar.n said...

yeah.. sad state of affairs... these kinda big shots never get the due punishment... and our judiciary ensures that it never happens...

hope Kasab gets due punishment atleast before he dies naturally

9:53 PM  
Blogger Vetty Officer said...

//our judiciary ensures that it never happens...

Well said. I agree 100 times.

Heard that our Government is making a new law to ensure Judgments for such cases within 6 months. Very sad that we have to create laws for such things. [:-(]

2:08 AM  
Blogger Venkat said...

I can keep writing about this case but I am not going to do that so let me keep this as short and simple as possible

1. Yes, we need laws to ensure these kind of cases are investigated within 6 months? Why? Because of the sheer number of cases piled up in our courts.

2.What I really hate about this whole case is that he was found to be guilty and still he got away with 6 month jail sentence and a Rs.1000 fine. I mean seriously, Rs.1000 for molesting an underage girl? What the hell is wrong with our country?

3. His wife... why is she fighting his case? Pathetic bitch.

4. Imagine the number of such cases that never came to light. I bet there are thousands and thousands of such cases in India that never came to light.

5. This bastard has basically ruined an entire family. If there's something called justice that still prevails in India, the punishment should be nothing short of capital punishment. Anything else is a shame.

Also, I want to correct few things on your post.

He was not a DGP when this incident happened and it was the girl's friend's father who risked plenty of things to bring this case to light not the girl's father. He was later slapped with 20 complaints at his workplace and was demoted.

This case has shame written all over it. The only way Indian Judiciary can save itself from more embarrassment is by delivering a quick verdict.

More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruchika_Girhotra_Case

3:30 AM  

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