Admitting that their son had no right to take law into his own hands, parents of the youth reveal that he was suffering from depression and was being treated for the mental illness since six months.
24-year-old Utsav Sharma was arrested after he stabbed Rathore several times outside the Chandigarh District Court on Monday, Feb 8.
Utsav's father Sushil Kumar Sharma, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at IT-Banaras Hindu University (BHU), told a news agency that his son strongly stood against any form of injustice.
“For the last six months, Utsav (Sharma) is under treatment for depression... abnormal circumstances must have forced him to do so (attack Rathore). Utsav used to say he could not tolerate injustice and talked on such matters," he said.
A psychiatrist herself and a professor at the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Utsav's mother also said that her son suffered from depression, adding that his act, however, could not be justified.
Utsav is a student of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He is reporteldly pursuing post-graduate diploma course in animation and film design.
Rathore, former Haryana police chief, has been convicted of molesting a 14-year-old budding sportsperson Ruchika in 1990, leading to the victim committing suicide. He was convicted and punished with one year prison term and a fine of Rs 1000 in 2009, 19 years after the act of crime. He walked out free immediately after securing a bail.
The late and light sentence along with the fact that a man behind the heinous act of crime walked free without doing time enraged the country prompting many campaigns to come up seeking justice for the molestation victim.