SPS Rathore seen in Republic Day function, Ruchika’s family reacts : SPS Rathore, former Haryana Director General of Police, who was sentenced in the infamous Ruchika molestation case shared the stage with other VIPs at the Republic Day function in Panchkula.
Rathore was seen sitting in the front row and he left the venue immediately after the flag-hoisting ceremony at the Sector-5 Parade Ground.
Reacting on his presence, the friend of Ruchika, Aradhana Gupta, said his presence at the function was a “dishonour” to the Tricolour. She said Rathore must have been invited to the function. It is shocking and shameful. The local administration should not have entertained such person of criminal background. He was convicted by the Supreme Court, then how administration can endorse such criminals,” said Aradhana.Ruchika was molested by Rathore at his house-cum-Haryana Lawn Tennis Association office in Sector 6, Panchkula, on August 12, 1990. Around, three years after the incident, Ruchika had committed suicide.Aradhana’s testimony had led to Rathore’s conviction in the trial court, but it was her parents Madhu Prakash, and Anand Parkash who fought constantly to get justice for Ruchika. Rathore’s conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2016. Anand Parkash died recently, after struggling for justice for Ruchika for over two decades.
All senior officials of police and civil administration were present during the function, Vivek Joshi, Commissioner, Ambala Division was the chief guest on this occasion.
– PTC News