Govt Decides to Take Back Rathore’s Medal

Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, who has been convicted for molestation of 14-year-old buddy tennis player Ruchika Girhotra in 1990, will be stripped off his police medal.

A committee of Union Home Ministry officials decided to take back Rathore’s police medal, given to the cop for meritorious service in August 1985.

The issue was taken up by the Medal’s Committee of the Home Ministry headed by Union Home Secretary GK Pillai

The committee has sent its recommendation to take back Rathore’s medial to President Pratibha Patil.

Rathore has been convicted for molesting Ruchika Girhotra and sentenced to six months in jail. The former Haryana DGP has also been fined a meagre Rs 1,000 in the molestation case.

Ruchika tragically committed suicide in 1993 with her family and friends alleging that Rathore used his influence to get the budding tennis player expelled from Sacred Hearth Senior Secondary School where she was a student. She was expelled just a month after Rathore molested her.

Her brother Ashu was slapped with several false cases accusing him of being involved in thefts and was allegedly tortured by Haryana Police officials in the presence of Rathore.

Ruchika’s friend Aradhna Prakash Gupta who has been fighting the case for the past 19 years was elated at the Centre decision.

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