Ruchika case raises hope for Rajasthan rape victim
Jaipur: The public outcry and growing support to Ruchika Girhotra’s family has raised hope for another rape victim from Rajasthan, who is still awaiting justice after she was raped by former DIG Madhukar Tandon in 1997.
Although, a case of rape and sexual exploitation was filed against Tandon in Dausa in 1997, the case has not seen the light of day since then.
According to reports, the former DIG, who is absconding for the last 13 years, allegedly raped this tribal woman, who hails from the Bandikui region.
Further, in 2001, the victim`s husband - an orderly, who worked for the DIG - was also forced to quit his job.
The rape victim’s husband was reportedly pressurised by senior police officials to withdraw the case in exchange of money. When the victim’s husband refused to oblige them he was badly beaten up by the policemen.
An arrest warrant had been issued against Tandon, who was on leave when the case was filed. However, he went into hiding and is untraceable since them.
Tandon is believed to be well-connected with top politicians and had links with former prime minister Narasimha Rao.
Tandon was suspended in 2002 - five years after the crime. A Dausa magisterial court had ordered for his all property, including his house in Noida, to be confiscated, but the Noida administration has not executed the order.
Meanwhile, the rape victim and her husband also tried to meet Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot but were turned down.
With the conviction of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in Ruchika Girhotra molestation and suicide case has raised hopes for the woman, who too now wants justice and conviction of former DIG.
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