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The battle for justice will go on: Ruchika`s family

Battling for justice for 20 years, the family of Ruchika Girhotra Tuesday voiced satisfaction over the court enhancing the sentence of her molester former DGP SPS Rathore.



Chandigarh: Battling for justice for 20
years, the family of Ruchika Girhotra Tuesday voiced satisfaction
over the court enhancing the sentence of her molester former
DGP SPS Rathore, but said their fight would continue till he is
is charged for abetment of her suicide.

"We are satisfied as justice has been delivered. But
we will continue to fight till he (Rathore) is charged under
Section 306 of IPC for abetment of suicide," Ruchika`s father
SC Girhotra said here immediately after the verdict was
pronounced.

Anand Prakash, father of Ruchika`s friend Aradhana
Gupta, who had helped the family wage the legal battle, said
the verdict proved that even "powerful" people like Rathore
could not escape from the law of the land.

"We are satisfied with the court`s order," he said,
adding they were ready to continue the fight for justice.

"This is a historic decision," Ruchika family lawyer
Pankaj Bhardwaj said, adding the verdict will enhance the
common man`s trust in the judicial system.

The court`s order "is loud and clear for all that
nobody is above the law," he said.

A sessions court today enhanced the sentence of
Rathore from six months to 18 months in jail for molesting
14-year-old Ruchika, a budding tennis player, in Panchkula on
August 12, 1990. Three years after the incident, Ruchika had
committed suicide.

The former DGP was sentenced to six months` rigorous
imprisonment on December 21 last year by CBI Judge J S
Sidhu. The quantum of sentence had sparked an outrage in the
country. Rathore was later stripped of his President`s Police
Medal.

Rathore had challenged his conviction by the trial
court while Ruchika`s family and the CBI had pleaded for
enhancement of punishment to the maximum of two years provided
in the law.

The court conducted in-camera hearings on day-to-day
basis from May 3 to 11.

PTI

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