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Just desserts for Ruchika molester

After an agonising wait of over two decades, truth has triumphed and the relentless fight put up by the late Ruchika Girhotra’s friend Aradhana (Reemu), her parents Anand and Madhu Prakash and Ruchika’s father S.C. Girhotra and brother Ashu has borne fruit.

The hopes of thousands of common people of this country, who today are the victims of the misuse of power by the high and the mighty, have suddenly soared and their confidence in the judiciary restored. Needless to see, the accused, SPS Rathore, is finally behind bars.

I earnestly hope that investigating agencies and the judiciary will together evolve some mechanism whereby the likes of Rathore are not able to take advantage of the loopholes in the system and delay matters for decades.

Dr SUSHIL KANSAL, Ambala Cantonment


I have fully sympathy for Ruchika’s family and I applaud Aradhana and her family for their courage in braving all odds in taking this monster to where he rightfully belongs.

The Indian judiciary is also to be praised for the landmark judgement. Although the sentence seems insufficient for the crime committed by Rathore, it is the act itself (enhancement of the sentence from six months to one-and-a-half years) which is important.

This sends a clear message to the people that no one is above the law.

YOGESH GOPAL, Australia  (via email)


I read the editorial, “Rathore in jail, at last!” (May 26). We have some dragons, devils, dacoits, dupes, deviant and defiant public servants in the guise of Class I officers who pose and cause danger, destruction and deaths to the otherwise harmonious life of our society.

Rathore, who has brought an unparallel disrepute to the entire humanity, deserves no sympathy from any quarter. All those involved in this episode must be brought to justice. Enhancement of Rathore’s punishment may have been a consolation to Ruchika’s family to some extent. It must have been the full term for 24 months and not 18 months.


The root cause

While denial of visa is the prerogative of any country, the Canadian authorities have chosen flimsy grounds reflecting on the security forces of a nation. The government must find out the root causes of denial.

At present many Indians who have migrated to Canada support separatist movements. In fact, photos of those associated with so-called Khalistan are openly displayed in gurudwaras. The readers may recall the visit of Capt Amarinder Singh to Canada where unknowingly he was photographed with a Khalistan poster. Even those who highjacked and later destroyed an Air India plane were not brought to justice. These are the people who are encouraging such denials and creating adverse circumstances.

The government should identify all such people even if they are in public life in Canada and ensure that they are denied visa to India.

Brig Dr J.S. GREWAL (retd), Mohali

Strong case for cooperation

The editorial “Business with Beijing” (May 28) is full of hope and enthusiasm for India-China trade relationship which can be more important than the trade itself between the world’s two emerging economies.

There is a strong case for cooperation between India and China by understanding a quote of a Chinese leader who said that “we (Chinese) have hardware, they (Indians) have software” and we should join hands without any ifs and buts for channelising the energies of the people of both countries.

Let Indian actions based on the Public-Private partnership (PPP) model fit into the broad agenda for global reforms within the framework of international organisations like the WTO and G20. Let us identify opportunities in education and health sectors of human resource development. Let us explore the possibilities of cooperation with honesty, sincerity and faithfulness to the intentions of the will of the people in both countries.

Prof M.M. GOEL, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra



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