NCW demands serious charges against Rathore

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Ruchika case: NCW demands fresh FIR
New Delhi, Dec 29: The National Commission for Women (NCW), which earlier called for action from Haryana Chief Minister in the 1990 Ruchika molestation case, has now urged both central and state government to step in and file a fresh FIR against accused ex-DGP SPS Rathore.

NCW chairperson Girija Vyas, who addressed a press conference on Tuesday, Dec 29, appealed for serious charges against former Haryana police chief.

"We have asked the union home ministry and the Haryana government to slap serious charges – abetment to suicide, attempt to murder, conspiracy and destroying evidence against Rathore," Vyas said.

She also put forth a demand for charges of criminal conspiracy registered against those who helped Rathore.

14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra was molested by Rathore in Aug 1990. The CBI court convicted and sentenced the Rathore to just six months prison term along with slapping a fine of Rs 1000, which invited the wrath of the country.

Many campaigns have been launched protesting the light and late sentence given to Rathore.

On Tuesday, Dec 29, the country observed the 16th death anniversary of Ruchika, who committed suicide three years after the incident as she could not take the pressure and humiliation any more.

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