Quantum of punishment for Rathore draws flak

Expressing concern over the delay in delivering justice in the case, CPM Rajya Sabha member Brinda Karat said Rathore, who had molested the 14-year-old tennis player in 1990, was rewarded with promotions when the girl suffered.

Ruchika had committed suicide in 1993 after being frustrated with delayed justice and alleged harrassment of her family by the authorities.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni suggested Rathore should not have been promoted after he had come under suspicion.
Karat said the legal system had “infirmities” and it should be reformed so that timely justice can be given to those seeking it.

“ It was the courage of Ruchika’s friend Aradhana and Aradhana’s parents who took the case forward and refused to stoop to the  pressure,” Karat said.

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