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Rathore’s arrest a deterrent

I read the editorial, “Rathore in jail, at last!” (May 26). Mr Gurdev Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge, deserves to be lauded for his bold judgement in enhancing the sentence of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore from six months to one-and-a-half years in the Ruchika molestation case. He afforded full opportunity to the victim along with his defense counsel.

The event has made history in the annals of Indian judiciary which is riddled with many drawbacks and infirmities. Now that a top retired police officer has been sent to jail with an enhanced sentence for molestation, this will act as a strong deterrent.

There is greater need for the people to raise their voice against incidents such as the Ruchika molestation case. When crime is not highlighted and checked, the criminals’ confidence level goes up.

S.K. KHOSLA, Chandigarh


I commend the efforts of Ruchika’s parents, friends and the media in bringing Rathore to book. For the crime he had committed, Rathore deserved a tougher punishment.

KHAZAN SINGH, Kapurthala


The editorial aptly underlined the need of the hour. Appropriate and stiffer penalty for those charged with molestation and their trial by fast track courts. The print and electronic media’s positive role needs to be lauded in supporting the right cause. All those who stood by the victim’s family deserve appreciation.



Rathore should be given the most severe punishment for having molested young Ruchika and tormented her and her family many years before. It is shocking that he misused his high position and power to escape from the crime he had committed.

Equally shocking is the support and protection he got from politicians and officers all these years. All of them too need to be punished as they were an hindrance in the smooth functioning of the judicial system.

In short, Rathore’s cynical smile exposes the rogue in him for which he has no shame at all and that he is least bothered about the heinous crime that he committed.



I endorse the point that Rathore deserves no leniency. The editorial aptly suggests the need to enhance suitably punishment for molestation under section 354 of the IPC (outraging the modesty of a woman) corresponding to one for eve-teasing under section 509 of the IPC (insulting the modesty of a woman) raised from one year to seven years under the Bill.

The trial court has imparted justice due to Ruchika’s family. The convict is awarded adequate sentence for the offence committed by him. The judgement will inspire public confidence in the efficacy of law. It also sends right signal to society about the majesty of law. Ruchika committed suicide. Her life has been snatched away from her
family which is devastated. Rathore has been charged with abetting  Ruchika’s suicide. We should wait for the court verdict in the case.

AJIT SINGH, Rankin (Windsor, Canada)


The media played an important role in bringing Rathore to justice and in extending support to Ruchika’s family and friends who have been harassed and tormented enough by Rathore for two decades. The witness to Ruchika’s molestation, Aradhana (Ruchika’s friend) also deserves appreciation for fighting the case and bringing the real culprit behind bars.

The credit also goes to Mr Anand Parkash and advocate Pankaj Bhardwaj. Persons like Rathore deserve deterrent punishment so that such shameful incidents are not repeated in future. A case must be registered and probed immediately against Rathore under section 306 of the IPC (abetting a minor to commit suicide). The dignity and honour of innocent and talented girls must be protected by probing such cases in fast track courts and restoring the people’s faith in the judiciary.


Caste census will divide society

Inder Malhotra’s article, “Caste is the king” (May 13) throws light on the current controversy on caste-based census. The Yadav trio forced Parliament’s adjournment on their castiest agenda. This divisive approach amounts to blackmailing the UPA government which is dependent upon such short-sighted leaders.

Though the Union Cabinet has referred the matter to the Group of Ministers, it is widely believed that the key players of the UPA government seem to have bowed to their pressure. The government should ensure that long-term national interest is not sacrificed at the altar of short-term gains.

This is sheer hypocrisy. Instead of striving for a casteless society over a period of time, we are moving to the era of Britishers before 1931 when society was divided on the lines of caste and creed to pursue the policy of divide and rule.


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