Ruchika’s family gives up fight, witness’ father says he won’t

Tired of "fighting the system endlessly," the family of Ruchika Girhotra, a minor girl who committed suicide after allegedly being molested by former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, has finally given up and did not contest the CBI's closure reports dropping torture charges against the cop.

The CBI reports say there's no evidence to prove that Ruchika' brother Ashu was tortured while in police custody or that the signatures of her father, S C Girhotra, had been forged on the victim's post-mortem report. The closure reports, filed by the agency in 2010 in these two cases, were accepted by the CBI Court in Panchkula, Haryana, on Friday. S C Girhotra and Ashu raised no objection to the CBI move.

However, speaking to reporters in Panchkula, Anand Prakash, a family friend of the Girhotras, who had spearheaded the fight to get justice for Ruchika, said the victim's father told him that they were "disappointed" over CBI filing the closure report.

"Girhotra told me that he wants to lead a peaceful life now and cannot continue fighting the system endlessly. He said that since the CBI has not found anything incriminating against Rathore, it will be a fruitless exercise to pursue the case," Prakash said, adding that "it seems that Girhotras were under pressure from someone."

Girhotra could not be contacted for his comments, with his family saying he was out of station.

Prakash, whose daughter Aradhna was an eyewitness in the molestation incident, said that he would move the high court against the CBI's closure reports.

"I have taken legal opinion and decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the closure reports filed by the CBI. My daughter was the witness in the molestation incident and my wife later fought the case all these years. We are not going to give up," Prakash said.

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