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Ruchika case: System has failed

Indeed, the state machinery has failed to act (article, “Rape of the law” by Kuldip Nayar, Dec 25). The Indian investigating agencies have made a mockery of justice by delaying the case and completing the investigation with evidence favouring the offender.

The high profile public servants who indulge in and shelter such offences need to be booked. The need of hour is to mete out stringent punishment to culprits, irrespective of their position and status.



The Ruchika molestation case clearly proves that the system of law and order has crumbled. It is really heartening to know that Mr Anand Parkash braved all odds yet refused to cow down.

While a combined effort by the people and the media can make a difference, only fast track courts and confidence-building measures can restore the people’s faith in the justice system.

  KAILASH GARG, Chandigarh


I salute Ruchika’s family friends who fought the long battle of justice. All of us should learn a lesson from them and remember that injustice should not be tolerated at any cost. 

One wonders why it took such a long time to pass the verdict? Was it such a complicated case? Is it not a mockery of our system?  This case should be reopened and not only Rathore but also the then politicians and officials involved should be given exemplary punishment. Such incidents should not be allowed to recur.     



Why so much clamour about the Ruchika molestation case in which a Haryana police DGP is “finally” convicted? What was the outcome of a molestation case in which the highest court of the country convicted KPS Gill? He is enjoying government security till date and has had held many prestigious advisory level posts even after his conviction.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh


The law still rules over the poor whereas the mighty rule the law. They act savagely and roam freely with little or no punishment at all.

The so-called “saviour” of the law committed an abominable crime. Yet even after 19 long years, he is given little punishment. This symbolises high-handedness of the prevailing system.



The punishment is very little and clearly indicates that resourceful persons have strong backing and can manipulate the system. In cases involving the so-called VIPs, the quantum of punishment should be exemplary. Ruchika’s friend’s family who have shown exceptional courage needs to be honoured by the government for fighting against all odds.

O P GARG, Patiala


Politicians were elected to represent the people and guard public interest. Yet these representatives did not raise their voice against injustice. Instead, some politicians protected the DGP. What shall an honest citizen expect from the state and its machinery. It is a blatant rape of the justice system.

BALRAJ CHEEMA, via e-mail

Military’s mechanism

The military draws its manpower from within the country, where moral standards have fallen, corruption is rampant and there is a climate of loot and plunder, right across the national landscape.

The main difference is that this fall in standards is unacceptable in the military. That is how military’s internal mechanism picks out such black sheep (liquor, ketchup, 
moral turpitude and land scams, etc types) and dishes out exemplary punishment.

As against this what happened to all those DCs in Punjab who had misappropriated Red Cross and Kargil funds, etc and put these to private and personal use? There are unlimited numbers of other cases which are pushed under the carpet. What of SPS Rathore of Ruchika case: 19 years later, a farce!

The self-correcting mechanism is what distinguishes the military from the general rot in the country.

  Brig HARWANT SINGH, (retd), SAS Nagar

Shun protest culture

The article “India pays a heavy price for indiscipline” by Chandra Mohan (Dec 24) needs serious consideration. Indeed, we have wasted 60 years since Independence. No doubt, laws exist but its strict implementation is lacking because of persistent political interference.

We have already paid a heavy price for the incidents pointed out in the article. Still, it is better late than never. We must switch over to work culture and shun the protest culture. We should be serious about our responsibilities.

HARISH K MONGA. Ferozepur City

Denial of sanction

The editorial “A wrong signal” (Dec 24) has rightly questioned the rationale behind the move of the Punjab Government to deny sanction to the CBI to prosecute Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon in the “cash for job” scam. The refusal defies logic.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal has breached with impunity the promise of providing a clean administration. Without transparency, justice and clean governance one cannot dream of a clean administration.

The coalition partner, the BJP, has tried to salvage its image by boycotting the crucial Cabinet meeting and has been part of the dirty game.

There should be a debate on the necessity of obtaining the sanction. The polity in India, both at the Centre and in the states, is passing through a crucial phase.

The refusal has not only put at stake the reputation of Mr Kahlon but has also falsified the tall claims of the Akali Dal to provide a clean administration.

AJAY K JINDAL, Advocate, Ludhiana.



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