Ruchika Girhotra case: Two new FIRs registered against Rathore

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 19:43
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Two new first information reports (FIRs) have been registered against S P S Rathore, former Director-General of Police (DGP) of Haryana, in the case of molestation of the girl Ruchika Girhotra.

In the fresh FIR filed by the Haryana police, Rathore has been charged with serious crimes, including attempt to murder (Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code), wrongful confinement, conspiracy, and criminal intimidation.

The police also filed the FIRs against 3 junior police officers.

The filing of fresh FIRs on December 29, 2009, came on a day when the Central Government decided to go ahead with the case against Rathore for abetment of suicide of a minor.

Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Law, told reporters that the Ministry of Law will ask the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appeal the case in a higher court and charge Rathore with abetting the suicide of Ruchika Girhotra in 1993, when she was 17 year old.

Earlier in the day, a spokesman of the CBI had said the agency will consult the Law Ministry and the Home Ministry on appealing in the higher court against the trial court’s judgment in the case, and that the appeal will include adding the charge of abetment to suicide.

The Union Home Ministry has consulted with the lawyer of Ruchika’s family in this regard,  Veerappa Moily said that he was in touch with the CBI as well as the National Commission for Women on the subject.

A person convicted for abetment of suicide faces death penalty or imprisonment for life.

Girija Vyas, chairperson of the National Commission for Women, has appealed to both the Central Government and the Haryana government to slap “serious charges” against Rathore – including attempt to murder, abetment to suicide, conspiracy, and destroying evidence.

On December 21, 2009, a special CBI court in Chandigarh had held Rathore guilty of molesting Ruchika Girhotra, when was just 14 years old, in Panchkula town in Haryana, on August 12, 1990. The court sentenced him to 6 months in prison, but immediately granted him bail.

Ruchika Girhotra, the budding tennis player, committed suicide 3 years after she was molested by Rathore, unable to cope with the relentless harassment and torture that Rathore inflicted on her and her family.

On December 29, 2009, the 16th death anniversary of Ruchika, prayers and meetings were held petitions were filed at different forums in order to reopen the case against Rathore.

Meanwhile, the Haryana government has asked for a report from the Panchkula police on all the cases registered against Ashoo, Ruchika’s brother.

Pankaj Bhardwaj, the lawyer of the victim’s family, says Ashoo had been booked in a series of fake cases at the behest of Rathore.

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