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Such cases often trigger a discussion on how the media tramples onprinciples of natural justice, holds judgement in an open court, often doesn’trespect the sanctity of the law of the land and creates a situation when anaccused is already held guilty without the verdict being pronounced.However, this does not happen in Ruchika’s case as Rathore has beenalready held guilty by the court.When the verdict came in the Ruchika Girhotra vs. S. P. S. Rathore case onDecember 21, 2009 and Rathore walked out of the court with a smile on hisface he caught the attention of the media. After that media not only pursuedthe developments in the case but also focused on the minimal punishmentand his immediate bail. Media not only covered the latest developments inthe case but also highlighted the loop holes and corruption in the Indiancriminal justice system.Nineteen years ago, S.P.S. Rathore, a senior police official in Haryana,molested Ruchika Girhotra after arranging to meet her at the local lawntennis club, of which he was president.An internal police probe in 1990 into the assault recommended a case befiled but Rathore was promoted and his influence grew further when he waslater named as the top police officer for the entire state.Ruchika, in the meantime, was expelled from her school. The expulsion, thefamily claims, was part of a campaign of intimidation and harassmentdesigned to force the family to drop their complaint and prevent anyprosecution of the policeman. According to the family, Ruchika’s brotherAshu was accused of theft and then abused in jail on Rathore’s orders.Tormented by the stress, Ruchika finally poisoned herself in 1993 at the ageof 17. Her brother was released from jail soon after she died.