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Questionable role of school principal

SPS Rathore, the man accused of molesting Ruchika and then victimising her and her family, is charged with abetment to suicide. The editorial “Singled out” (Jan 9) has rightly questioned the conscience of the principal of Sacred Heart School, Chandigarh, who had expelled Ruchika in a selective, arbitrary, biased and unwarranted manner.

Out of a total of 135 students defaulted in paying their fees to the school during the period 1987 to 2009, it was Ruchika alone who was expelled. It is a matter of regret and shame that the principal of Sacred Heart School, forgetting the meaning of sacredness, set aside principles and ethics.

There is no denying the fact that the unprecedented expulsion had taken place for ulterior motives and the principal played into the hands of Rathore. Now along with Rathore, the principal of Sacred Heart School should also be charged with abetment to suicide since she is equally responsible for cutting short her student’s life in her prime.

Indeed, the principal is neither fit for the state award that she was given in 2005 nor her continuation as the principal does any credit to the well-known institution that she heads. At the same time, the judiciary must take prompt action to give exemplary punishment to the guilty so that such cases are not repeated.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh


The court’s refusal for bail is eminently fair and appropriate and finds merit in the contention of complainant’s council. It speaks volumes of the gravity and seriousness of the charges levelled in the FIRs. Those in the government, aiding and abetting delaying tactics to favour the accused pose a matter of concern. They are a sad reminder of what more needs to be done to ensue their ethical working.

The statement of the school principal and her reasons for ousting Ruchika lack rationale. She least deserves the award and has no business to be the head of the prestigious institution.



The state award conferred on the principal has been rightly withdrawn. A principal is expected to be a parent figure. She has to play many roles such as that of a psychologist, police officer, mentor, facilitator and counsellor.

She has to be morally strong and unbiased. Perhaps, she buckled under undue pressure of an arrogant officer for which she has to pay a price.


Issue in question

The film “3 idiots” is based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat, with due permission and written agreement-contract between the film producer and novelist. There is no denial on this from either side. The question is about proper credit in the film titles. How does it matter if it is written in bold letters or not — or shown discreetly?

Legally speaking, it all depends on their written agreement clauses, if any. Morally, the producer can compromise as per the author’s wishes to show it in the film to end the matter mutually and avoid legal proceedings.

Interviews of both the author and producer in TV channels suggest that the producer has not done anything contrary to the written agreement with the author of the story.


Strained ties

I read the two reports about the rift between the ruling Akali Dal and the BJP in Punjab (Jan 5). The Chief Minister has refuted the reports, but the relations between the two parties are not cordial.

The BJP leadership openly says that its relationship with the SAD is under strain though the differences on the issue of power subsidy and rollback of power hike have been sorted out.

Earlier, the BJP lost the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal. Maybe, the BJP should give outside support to the Badal government.

KARAN, Chandigarh

Biting cold

With no let-up in the biting cold wave conditions, poor people continue to die. Most deaths go unreported and dead men tell no tales. The rulers and the ruled have no qualms about doing anything worthwhile for the poor. Our conscience is dead as dodo.

DV JOSHI, Zirakpur

FIR blues

If every complaint made to the police is recorded as an FIR, this will increase the police harassment of the public. Innocent persons named in the FIR will be compelled to please the police officials concerned. (News-report, “Do not say no to FIRs”, Dec 30).

If a false criminal case is registered against a person, he has to get bail from the police or judicial remand. In the process, his/her reputation gets affected. The trial will take years.

If an FIR is to be cancelled, the process is so cumbersome that it can be done only on the District Magistrate’s recommendation or by a high court order. The authorities should ensure that genuine complaints made to the police are recorded as FIRs and police officers refusing to register them punished.

OM PARKASH MALIK, Advocate, Ambala Cantt



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