New Delhi: The Law Ministry is contemplating
asking the National Commission for Women to move the Supreme
Court seeking its intervention for stiffer punishment for a
former Haryana top cop who has been sentenced to six months`
imprisonment for molesting a teenaged girl.
Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said "NCW could approach
the Supreme Court seeking its intervention for an enhanced
punishment for former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore under the
present case (under section 354 relating to molestation of
the IPC)". Rathore has been convicted for molesting Ruchika
Girhotra in 1993 and she committed suicide three years later.
Sources in Law Ministry said that by seeking the apex
court`s intervention through NCW, government hopes to get
directions on how to go about the case.
As of now, the Law Ministry is working on two ideas: to
seek enhanced punishment for Rathore for molesting Ruchika
and to charge him with abetment of suicide.
Moily said that after going through the case, he felt the
case against Rathore was based only on charges of molestation
and not abetment of suicide.
He has said Ruchika was forced out of the school in
Chandigarh and her brother Ashu handcuffed and kept in police
custody for two months.
"These are the circumstances which led to the suicide
(of Ruchika). There are lots of people involved," he said.
Asked whether others, including police officers and
school authorities, could also be charged with abetting
Ruchika`s suicide, Moily said "yes".