Ruchika`s expulsion from school wrong: Rpt

A report by Chandigarh administration has indicted Ruchika Girhotra`s school for expelling her in 1990.

Zeenews Bureau

Chandigarh: Ruchika Girhotra was wrongly expelled from her school in 1990 and the decision taken by the school principal citing late fees was not only malafide and arbitrary but was made due to influence from outside the school.

Chandigarh Home Secretary Ram Niwas announced that the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Prerna Puri’s enquiry report had concluded that the expulsion of 14 year old Ruchika from her school Sacred Heart Convent was inappropriate.

“There have been 135 similar cases of late fee payment but no one was expelled from the school. Out of the 17 cases of late fee in 1990, at least 8 students paid their fee after Ruchika did but no action was taken against them,” he said.

He pointed out that the defaulters included Haryana ex-DGP SPS Rathore’s daughter Priyanjali had also defaulted the same year but no action was taken against her.

He added that the principal of the school, Sister Sebastina- who still occupies the office- has accepted that she instructed for the removal of Ruchika’s name from school register.

Importantly, the Secretary added, the decision was influenced from outside of school.

“The selective action against Ruchika harmed the self-esteem, reputation of a young girl and this left an indelible impression on her mind,” he said. Ruchika had gone on to commit suicide in 1993.

Finding the school guilty, he announced the following action against various individuals and entities:

  • Copy of report to be sent to the management of the school for action against Sister Sebastina.
  • The state medal given to Sister Sebastina in 2005 to be withdrawn
  • CBSE to be sent report for any action against school
  • Report to be sent to Superintendent of Police, Panchukla for aid in the case against Rathore

    He said the report will have legal implications against Rathore in the fresh cases lodged against him by Ruchika’s family. He also said the Chandigarh administration will come out with a mechanism to avoid such incidents in the future.

    Sub-Divisional Magistrate Prerna Puri today submitted her report of the inquiry into the alleged expulsion of Ruchika Girhotra from the Sacred Heart School here to the Union Territory Administration.

    Puri submitted her report to the Education Secretary Ram Niwas, who is also the Home Secretary of the Union Territory.

    Puri submitted her report to the Education Secretary Ram Niwas, who is also the Home Secretary of the Union Territory.

    Niwas told reporters that the report would be submitted to Chandigarh Administrator S F Rodrigues, who is also the Punjab Governor.

    "We will later make public the outcome of the inquiry. We will also make public the methodology adopted in finalising the report relating to the Sacred Heart School," he added.

    The probe ordered by the Education Secretary Ram Niwas was initiated to ascertain the causes which led to the alleged expulsion of then 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra from the school.

    Madhu Parkash, mother of Aradhana, a friend of Ruchika, who has been pursuing the case of the deceased, had filed a complaint with the Chandigarh Administration against the school, alleging harassment to the girl as a daughter of Rathore was also a student of the same class.

    Rathore, a 1965 batch IPS officer of Haryana, who retired in 2002, was awarded a six months jail term by a CBI court here for molesting Ruchika, a budding tennis player in 1990 when he was an IGP. Ruchika committed suicide three years later.

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