'Rathore failed in his duty by molesting minor girl'
May 26, 2010
CHANDIGARH: The faith of the public in judiciary would have eroded if S P S Rathore was not awarded the sentence of one-and-a-half years, felt additional district and sessions judge Gurbir Singh, who on Tuesday enhanced the sentence of the former Haryana DGP. The purpose of law is met, he said.
Terming it a legal battle between two unequals, the judge observed that there is no dispute that Ruchika committed suicide and a precious life was lost. "As police officer, his role was to protect the public. As president of Haryana Lawn Tennis Association, his role was to train budding players for India. But he failed in both duties by molesting a minor girl. People are afraid to send minor girls to playgrounds due to presence of such persons in the sports field," said the judge.
"As long as such persons are at the helm of affairs of sports associations, the presence of women in sports cannot be increased and real talent cannot be brought forward to represent the country," said the judge. While Rathore has been complaining to the court about trial by media, the court ruled: "Till today, media cannot influence decision-making process. Indian courts and Indian judicial system are very strong."
The judge observed that although Rathore deserved maximum punishment of two years prescribed for offence under Section 354 IPC, he was handed out just one-and-a-half years keeping in view his age, his medical background, a dependent unmarried daughter who is suffering from congenital heart problem, his meritorious service record and the fact that he spent more than 200 dates in the court during the trial.