Congress says Ruchika case verdict will be a deterrent

The Congress Tuesday said the enhanced sentence awarded to former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore for molesting a teenager would act as a deterrent.

Last Updated: May 25, 2010, 20:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The Congress Tuesday said the
enhanced sentence awarded to former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore
for molesting a teenager would act as a deterrent, while BJP
demanded that an appeal be filed in a higher court as he
deserved a stronger punishment.

Rathore was today arrested for the first time after a
Sessions Court enhanced his prison term from six months to 18
months for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra -- who
later committed suicide -- 20 years ago.

"The judgement of the court would act as a deterrent
to all such people. The confidence of the people in the
judicial system would grow," Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed
told reporters here.

BJP, on the other hand, expressed dissatisfaction at
the one-and-a-half year jail term awarded to Rathore.

"The punishment given to Rathore is not adequate. He
had harassed the innocent girl and misused his powers to
torture her family and deserves a stronger punishment," BJP
spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

PTI