Ruchika Case Feeble Justice: Justice System in India is quite well documented and architectured. But still we do have cases pending for years, molestation cases turning into cases for abetment of suicide and yet the late child’s beloved are waiting for a justified decision ages after the dreadful incident. Should we expect them to accept it as their fate because they are a citizen of the world’s biggest democratic country? Late Ruchika Girhotra, the innocent victim being discussed here doesn’t get justice even on her 16th death anniversary. Isn’t that too shameful for Indian Legal System? On August 12, 1990, the budding tennis player was molested by then-IG SPS Rathore, who retired as a DGP in 2002 with all those charges hanging against him during his service tenure. As the girl submitted a complaint against him to the governor, Rathore applied all his negative efforts to force withdrawal of the complaint by the girl. But the girl with support of her friend and the only eye-witness Aradhana, kept fighting for justice until her brother was put in jail after being slapped with various fake charges of theft. And then she gave in to the dirty system, which happened to be on December 1993.
Family fighting for justice: All these years, her friends’ family kept fighting for justice but the courts kept hanging the matter in files as the person being tested was at a quite impressive position and had the powers to mould the decisions. And now on Dec21, 2009 CBI court announces the verdict punishing the retired DGP with 6 months imprisonment and a fine of 1000Rs. This is truly the extreme of sarcasm and what happens to be the reasonable explanation by the Legal system is lack of evidences to support the abetment of suicide after three years of molestation. Indian Legal System, in such cases needs a reason striking enough to abet someone for suicide like igniting a match. Had she not been given a spark three years back? Was she not compressed for three years? Did Rathore not try to ignite her by putting her brother in jail for absolutely no reasons? Even the eye-witness has always returned from Australia to testify against him. But even an atheist would say – God knows how the Indian system would leave its feebleness against mighty police officers. After Ruchika’s death, her family withdrew into a shell. But Parkash carried on the battle. “It is unfair to blame her father and brother for not pursuing the case. In fact, they had given me an affidavit under which I could act on their behalf. I was harassed as well. I was a Haryana government employee. Out of the blue disciplinary charges were slapped against me. I was abruptly transferred along with my entire staff to far off places. But I was supported by my wife and daughter who kept fighting.”
Madhu & Her family: The Prakash family, which was involved in bringing the incident to public gaze right from the beginning, became even more resolute after the girl’s death. R.R. Singh’s report was put in cold storage. No case was registered by the government. Madhu Prakash, the original petitioner, got a copy of the report only in 1997. She approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a ruling that a case be registered. The Court observed that a case should have been registered immediately after the receipt of the e (R.R. Singh) report. “Why the State government had allowed eight years to elapse has not been explained properly…,” noted the order. Though top judicial officers can not be influenced by any cop’s power but corruption has made every system hollow. Still the family is fighting for justice and with all the motivation by media, which is quite overwhelming, they might get justice soon.Share