Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Ruchika molestation case - Chronology of events

Chronology of selective events given below:

* Aug 12, 1990: Haryana Inspector General of Police (IGP) S.P.S. Rathore, also the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association president, molests 14-year-old budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra in his office room.
* Aug 16, 1990- Complaint made to chief minister Hukam Singh and home secretary.
* Sep 3, 1990 - DGP R.R. Singh finds Rathore prima facie guilty, submits report. Recommends FIR in the matter. Later, new DGP R.K. Hooda and Home Secretary J.K. Duggal recommend departmental action and chargesheet against Rathore.
* April 6, 1992 - FIR against Ashu, Ruchika's brother, for car theft registered wide FIR No. 39.
* June 30, 1992 - Matter for registering FIR against Rathore taken up and Haryana legal remembracer R.K. Nehru recommended immediate registration of FIR against Rathore.
* Oct 23, 1993 - Ashu is illegally picked by the Haryana police and kept in illegal detention for almost two months. Eleven car theft cases were registered against him.
* Dec 28, 1993 - Unable to cope with harassment imposed on her and her family, Ruchika commits suicide by consuming poison.
* Dec 29, 1993 - Ashu is released one day after Ruchika's suicide.
* April 1994 - The charges framed against Rathore dropped during Bhajan Lal's tenure, months after Ruchika died.
* Nov 4, 1994 - Rathore promoted as Additional DGP by Bhajan Lal government.
* May 11, 1996 - Bansi Lal becomes Haryana chief minister. Remains chief minister till 23 July, 1999 during which period Rathore was promoted as DGP.
* Aug 21, 1998 - CBI probe is ordered in Ruchika molestation case by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
* July 23, 1999 - Om Parkash Chautala becomes chief minister.
* Sep 30, 1999 - Departmental enquiry exonerates Rathore in molestation case, he is promoted as DGP with effect from May 20, 1999.
* Oct 10, 1999 - Rathore made Haryana's DGP (state police chief) by the Chautala government.
* Nov 16, 2000 - CBI files chargesheet against Rathore in Ruchika molestation case.
* Dec 5, 2000 - Rathore removed as Haryana DGP. Sent on leave.
* March, 2002 - Rathore retires from service.
* Dec 21, 2009 - CBI special court convicts Rathore in the Ruchika molestation case. Sentenced to six months imprisonment and fine of Rs.1,000.

Ruchika molestation case.

I was very disturbed by the event that unfolded last week, the Ruchika molestation case.

Fourteen-year-old Ruchika was molested by the then IG of Police and Haryana Lawn Tennis Association president, S.P.S.Rathore in 1990. Ruchika was a budding tennis player. When a case was registered against Rathore, he misused the power of his position to force the family to withdraw the complaint by expelling the girl from the school, filing false cases against the girl's brother & torturing him and threatening the family members. The little heart broke down and committed suicide three years later, in 1993, due to the psychological trauma she had to suffer.

It's really sad that a little girl's life came to an end in such a manner due to the arrogance of one man. What is more depressing is that it took 19 years for passing the judgement of this case; that too in the trial court (now, the case will be heard again in high court & supreme court for some more years). I really don't  understand as to how it takes so long for completing the arguments of a case. Who will have the patience to wait for such a long period? 19 years is just too long....and the punishment...just six months..for having ruined a little girl's life. What this guy has done is far worse than a murder. And what is more irritating is to see that man coming out of the court with a smile on his face as if he has achieved something. He seems to be a cruel hearted & shameless creature.

Our legal system requires a complete overhaul so that appropriate justice is rendered in a reasonable time frame.

With so much public & media pressure, hope justice is rendered in this case by punishing Rathore more severely for having forced the girl to commit suicide.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Strange Media Guys !!!

The media guys are really strange. If there is no breaking news, they "create" breaking news. The headline read "Aamir dares Modi". I thought, has Aamir done it again? He has just visited a school in Gujarat, as part of his peculiar promotion campaign for 3 idiots. It seems, the media people, by writing such headlines, are just pushing the politicians to "do something" or to "say something" so that they will get some stuff to broadcast.

Recently, Sachin's "Mumbai for all" remark was blown out of proportion by the media with prefixes & suffixes, leading to a lot of hulla bulla.

Hope this Aamir Khan episode doesn't take any ugly turns as happened in Sachin's case.

Best cricket sledges.

I happened to read an article about best cricket sledges. List below the gud ones !!

McGrath, the sledging superstar comes first.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies): Sarwan, then the West Indies vice-captain, and McGrath went toe-to-toe in Antigua in May 2003, The incident was sparked after Sarwan, on his way to a match-winning second-innings century, reportedly reacted to lurid taunts from McGrath.

McGrath: So what does Brian Lara's d--- taste like?
Sarwan: I don't know. Ask your wife.
McGrath [losing it]: If you ever f--- mention my wife again, I'll f--- rip your f--- throat out.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) and Eddo Brandes (Zimbabwe): The Aussie paceman was bowling to the Zimbabwe number 11 who was just missing each ball. McGrath, frustrated, went to him and inquired: Why are you so fat?

Brandes replied: Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.

Even the Aussie slip fielders were in hysterics.

Venkatesh Prasad (India) and Aamir Sohail (Pakistan): Chasing India's score of 287-8, Pakistan got off to a flyer. Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar went about tearing the Indian bowling attack apart. Pakistan looked all set to win as they reached 110-odd for the loss of just one wicket within the first 15 overs.

Sohail was bent upon smashing the Indian bowling to bits, charging down the track to the faster bowlers. He came down the pitch to a delivery from Venkatesh Prasad and slashed the ball over the vacant offside area. The ball disappeared over the fence in a flash. What followed has been etched in the memory of every cricket fan in the subcontinent.

Sohail, after hitting the shot, pointed his bat in the direction in which the ball disappeared and then towards Prasad, suggesting where he would send the next one.

It's not every day that you see a batsman sledge the bowler, and Sohail was about to learn why. Attempting to repeat the shot, he made room, exposed his stumps, and his weakness, and in turn lost his wicket and his face.

As the stump lay uprooted, Prasad returned the favour to Sohail, pointing to the pavilion this time.

Daryll Cullinan (South Africa) and Shane Warne (Australia): As Cullinan, Shane Warne's bunny, was on his way to the wicket, the Australian leg-spinner told him he had been waiting two years for another chance to humiliate him.

Looks like you spent it eating, Cullinan retorted.

Ravi Shastri (India) and Mike Whitney (Australia): Ravi Shastri hit the ball towards Mike Whitney (the 12th man in the game) and looked for a single. Whitney said, "If you leave the crease I'll break your f--- head".

Without battling an eyelid, Shastri retorted, "If you could bat as well as you can talk, you wouldn't be the f--- 12th man."

Viv Richards (West Indies) and Sunil Gavaskar (India): Gavaskar had decided to relinquish his opening position and come in at no 4 for that Test. But Malcolm Marshall fired out Anshuman Gaekwad and Dilip Vengsarkar for ducks, setting the stage for Gavaskar to walk in at 0/2.

Viv Richards remarked: "Maan, it don't matter where you come in to bat, the score is still zero."

Sachin Tendulkar (India) and Abdul Qadir (Pakistan): The year was 1989 and Sachin Tendulkar, who had just made his debut in Pakistan, was sending young leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed running for cover in a tour game, having hit two sixes in one over. Ahmed's frustrated mentor, the legendary Abdul Qadir, challenged Tendulkar, saying, "Bachchon ko kyon mar rahe ho? Hamein bhi maar dikhao ('Why are you hitting kids? Try and hit me').

Tendulkar didn't respond, and since then we have all learnt that he lets his bat do the talking. Qadir had made a simple request and Sachin obliged. He hit four sixes in an over, making the spinner look like the kid in the contest. The over: 6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6.

Sachin's bat has 'talked' a lot like this. I remember the World Cup 2003 encounter with Pakistan, when he pierced Shoaib Akhtar's bowling to pieces.

Steve Waugh (Australia) and Curtly Ambrose (West Indies): Two legends of cricket came face to face, literally, engrossed in a verbal duel, in a Test match in Trinidad. The full details remained unknown until the former Australia captain revealed them in his autobiography.

Ambrose repeatedly stared Waugh down during a searing spell, and Waugh, who sized up the towering fast bowler, said: "What the f--- are you looking at?"

Ambrose was stunned, because, as Waugh says in his autobiography, "No one had ever been stupid enough" to speak to him like that.

Ambrose glowered, "Don't cuss me, man."

Waugh's response was tame: "Unfortunately, nothing inventive or witty came to mind, rather another piece of personal abuse: 'Why don't you go and get f---'?"

West Indian skipper Richie Richardson had a hard time keeping the giant Ambrose from hurting the Aussie.

Rodney Marsh (Australia) and Ian Botham (England): Rodney Marsh to Ian Botham in an Ashes Test: "So how's your wife and my kids?"

Botham's reply: "The wife's fine. The kids are retarded!"