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Rathore's counsel questions "late" reaction of Ruchika, friend

chandigarh Updated: Jul 05, 2010 19:33 IST
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Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore

Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore's counsel wife Abha, who has challenged his conviction in Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, on Monday questioned why the victim and her friend remained "silent" about the incident for three days.

As the day-to-day hearing on the revision petition resumed today in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Abha contended that the lower court had not dealt properly with the issue of "late" reaction of the victim.

68-year-old Rathore is lodged in high security Burail jail since May 25 after being sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika on August 12, 1990. Rathore was then the president of Haryana Lawn Tennis Association in Panchkula.

Ruchika committed suicide three years after the incident.

"What should have been the reaction of the girls (Ruchika and Aradhna after the indent). There was no reaction from the girls until 7 PM of August 14. If any ugly incident is happening, a person reacts simultaneously and you don't need reaction time," Abha told the court

Abha said the the appellate court had not dealt properly with the question of the girls taking so long to speak up.

Justice Jitendra Chauhan heard arguments for about an hour before adjourning the case till Tuesday.