The Great Debate (India)

Has Ruchika got justice?


File photo of a lawyer with a book of criminal lawRuchika Girhotra, a 14-year-old tennis player, was molested by then Haryana police IG S.P.S. Rathore in Panchkula in 1990.

Three years later, Ruchika killed herself, which her friend and case witness Aradhana attributes to the harassment of Ruchika and her family by those in power.

On Tuesday, a court in Chandigarh ruled against Rathore on his plea challenging the six-month sentence handed to him by a CBI court and enhanced the sentence to 18 months.

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A relook at moral policing: Khushboo’s case


(Pinky Anand is a Supreme Court lawyer who fought the case on behalf of Khushboo. The views expressed here are her own)

Pinky AnandThe recent Supreme Court judgement in Khushboo’s case addresses interesting questions with far-reaching impact. In a short span, we have witnessed various episodes of moral policing ranging from violent physical attacks, to criminal complaints, to Public Interest Litigation (PILs) in courts.