Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ruchika's case is a slap on India's face

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

Judiciary is considered one pillar on which Indian democracy stands but time and again we see how fragile this pillar is. Time and again our judiciary has set bad precedents, be in in the case of Priyadarshini Mattoo, Nitish Katara or the Jessica Lal case. The latest in the series of bad presidents is the case of Ruchika Girhotra where former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore who molested the teenager and forced her in committing suicide roams freely in the streets and smiles to the camera.

14 year old Ruchika Girhotra a budding tennis players was molested by Rathore in 1900 when he was the President of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association. Ruchika who was initially reluctant to file a case did it after a lot of hesitation. Thereafter her entire family was harnessed by the police and her brother was arrested in some false car theft case. This compelled the family to sideline the case and subsequently led to Ruchika committing suicide in 1993

19 years later this criminal the judiciary has finally Rathore found guilty. The punishment is so severe that it can send chills down spine! Believe it or not Rathore has been sentenced for six long months by the court. If that joke was not enough to amuse you Rathore got a bail in just 10 minutes to deliver a slap on the face of Indian judiciary. The law also felt that whopping fine of Rs. 1000 imposed on him will send out a message to the society!

Is the price of a young girl's life compelled to commit suicide by a man just six months? How is it that Rathore a criminal who committed that crime in police uniform and escape justice for 19 years was rewarded with promotion after promotion? Why is it that no action was taken against the police which pressurised and threatened Ruchika's family. Why should any Indian citizen approach the court or the police if this is what criminal justice system in India delivers?

Why is it that the lower courts in India aren't able to deliver speedy justice? If the system of the justice system isn't good enough to nail criminals why isn't it being replaced? Why is it that no time frame is set for any case to end? Where is the accountability factor in our justice system. Even if Rathore was punished Ruchika wouldn't become alive again. The courts could at least have given some solace to a grieving family. Should we be proud Indians?


shantanu dutta December 22, 2009 at 11:06 PM  


jaspreet December 25, 2009 at 3:14 AM  

IF MEDIA DOESNT DO ANYTHING TO GET MORE PUNISHMENT FOR HIM. INDIA IS A SPINELESS COUNTRY. AM READY TO CONTRIBUTE AS MUCH MONEY AS WANTED TO GET HIM A DEATH PENALTY. LIFE FOR LIFE. GET THIS IG FAMILY ROOTED AWAY INTO JUNGLES> HIS ALL PROPERTY SHOULD BE SOLD AND MONEY GIVEN TO RUCHIKAS FAMILY. Why such a little punishment of 6 months MR. Judge? If it was your girl , Mr Judge, and she had commited suicide because of this reason. Would you have not given the person death sentence? In my view he should be hanged citing rare of rarest cases. This is infact a rare of rarest cases in which a girl lost her innocence, then lost her life and her family is disintegrate at the hands of tormentor. What other proof does this civlized society needs? I CALL UPON THE MEDIA JOURNALISTS OF THIS COUNTRY TO SHOW WE ARE STILL ALIVE AND CAN TAKE ACTION. BARKHA DUTT , YOU ARE A GIRL TAKE OVER THIS CASE FOR THIS FAMILY AND MAKE SURE THIS GUY IS PUNISHED TO MAXIMUM. HE SHOULD STRIPPED OF ALL HIS POSITIONS AND TAKEN BACK ALL MONEY GOVT. PAID IN SALARY. Rs 1000 fine, India is a country of stupids, whe we will be able to redeem ourselves and prove that we can be a democracy where everone gives proper justice..

Anonymous,  December 29, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

Our legal system has failed us again. There are thousands of such Ruchikas who might not have spoken about their experiences out of fear of retribution from society. And Ruchika's case proves them right. Our society and legal system does not take kindly to victims. The more powerful you are, the bigger crime you can get away from.

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