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Ruchika paid with life to uphold honour of other girls: Aradhna

Welcoming the fresh FIR against former DGP SPS Rathore for abetment to suicide, Ruchika`s friend Aradhana on Tuesday said the victim paid with her life so that no other girl goes through the same ordeal.



Panchkula (Haryana): Welcoming the fresh FIR
against former DGP SPS Rathore for abetment to suicide,
Ruchika`s friend and sole witness to the molestation, Aradhana
on Tuesday said the victim paid with her life so that no other girl
goes through the same ordeal.

"She (Ruchika) paid with her life, wanting that no other
girl has to ever go through what she had to face. She had lost
her faith in the system. After the incident, she could not
take the harassment and torture which she and her family had
to go through," Aradhna said here.
She said her own family (the Prakashs`) decided to wage
a fight so that justice was done and added that the efforts
got overwhelming media and public support.

"The patience, courage, support from my parents and the
media through which we managed to get huge public support all
have played a role in this fight. We want Rathore and other
culprits behind bars now and expect a fair trial," said
Aradhna.

"It`s been 16 years that we wanted this charge (Sec
306-abetment to suicide) against Rathore. There were times
when we were disappointed, but we decided to keep the fight
on.... I am happy that the inquiry might now be given to CBI,"
she said.

Aradhna thanked Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh
Hooda for keeping his promise that complaint under Section 306
of the IPC may be registered against Rathore.
Ruchika`s father S C Girhotra and the Anand Prakash family
has alleged that Rathore had used his clout at every step to
fabricate and tamper facts in his favour.

"We want the investigating agencies to complete their
process in a time-bound manner. We are confident that justice
will finally be done," said Anand Prakash, Aradhna`s father.

Lawyer for the Girhotra family Pankaj Bharadwaj said the
complaint under section 306 IPC was filed a couple of days
ago and the Haryana Chief Minister had then said that the
police was seeking legal opinion on it.

"I am happy that after considering everything they have
got it registered. We had given them all the documents on the
basis of which the legal machinery has started working," he
said.

"The Union Government is also pushing the case to ensure
that nothing like this happens again. By their actions, they
have now shown to the common man that the law prevails in the
country," Bharadwaj said.

Brother of Ruchika Girhotra, who committed suicide in
1993, three years after being molested by Rathore, had filed a
complaint with Panchkula police seeking registration of a case
under section 306 of IPC against Rathore and a few other
police officials.

Two FIRs filed earlier accused the former IPS officer
of attempting to murder Ruchika`s brother Ashu and doctoring
her post-mortem report. The maximum punishment under 306 of
IPC for abetment to suicide is 10 years imprisonment.

PTI

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