Sacred Heart Convent School in Ruchika’s case

June 2, 2010 at 9:07 am 8 comments

The Sacred Heart Convent School cannot be allowed to get away with a light punishment. It is apparent that the school had failed miserably in its obligation. In fact it has directly abetted the suicide of Ruchika Girhotra.This can be easily gauged if one has to follow the chain of events. The school had expelled Ruchika for not paying fees. This after the molestation of the teenager by Rathore. At the time of this unfortunate incident Ruchika was still on the rolls of the school. Rathore’s daughter was her classmate. Ruchika had attended school after the incident. It would have been obligatory on the school to have counseled Ruchika and to have tried and erased the pain and the hurt the teenager must have been going through. The trauma of the teenage must have been aggravated when the school became hostile to her instead of being a guardian and a counselor to her. The age of the girl who was exposed to sexual molestation-the harassment the family was undergoing thanks to Rathore and his influence extended into the school premises. This is unpardonable. Sacred Heart School became heartless and decided to stand by the powers rather than abide both by their religious congregation’s vows and by its bounded duties to its students as an educator.
One is wary on the Report which has been submitted by the school to the CBSB and surely records could have been easily tampered. It was already stated by the church official who was the spokesperson for the school that they would appeal to Delhi.What did that mean-a threat or a warrant or a guarantee that nothing can touch them because of the sheen of a minority institution? And whom are they going to appeal to? Who are their supporters in Delhi-Let us be honest. If it is the Inter-Nuncio it must be asserted that he has no role nor say in matters of justice and jurisprudence of this country. If it is Mrs Sonia Gandhi then it is worse because this does not fall in the political area for her decision to count. Then which wires are the Sacred Heart Convent School trying to pull to be let off the hook?
I appeal to the media to see to the logical end of the Ruchika’s case and not to be biased and to do all that is within its scope to get justice for Ruchika. It is obvious that had there been some help and understanding Ruchika would not have been pushed to take such an extreme step. Abandoned by all-the girl must have been grappling with her emotional, psychological and social problems-apart from the sufferings and harassment of the other members of her family. It was at this junction that the school strikes her off its rolls. What can Ruchika do and where can she go? That act of the school must have been like the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Let us for a moment hypothesize-the school is not Sacred Heart Convent but run by a Hindu organization and Ruchika humiliated and driven from one to another is Mary Ann. How would the media react and telecast the ‘We the people’ and the Big Fight’ and one can imagine the justified unbridled anger of Arnab Goswami not even giving a chance to the panel to air their views, condemning the school and its authorities. Here the case is reversed and the victim is Ruchika Girhotra and the school-SACRED HEART CONVENT. Should we then understand the stony silence of the media? Should we realize why Bakhra Dutt shows no compassion-nay no interest? This is the tragedy of India today. We have hundreds of Ruchikas-denied justice because of the warped perception-the tentacles of the minority appeasement reach out to every area. The religion of the victim and the perpetrators become the key to justice and no justice. The media trumps up this to the extent it fails in its role to uphold Justice.
Bring to book the Sacred Heart Convent school-make it a case of accountability of the educators. Make it an example that Justice cannot be silenced by powerful and the mighty. And towards this religion cannot negate justice. I am sure the CBSB chairperson Vineet Joshi will see in Ruchika his own daughters and granddaughters and assure the rest of the parents that their children’s rights will be protected.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja

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  • 1. rakesh  |  June 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Your anguish for a hapless girl who suffered so much in such a small life is easily understandable.
    Madam, the question of her school being a christian institution is of less concern. What they did was certaily shamefull, yet why they did what they did ought be be looked into.
    What kind of a system we have where a police man can do such a henious crime and can smile and can survive.
    The school too might hv been at the receiving end and bent …not a nice thing but understandable.
    The Point is how can we make a system where no neta no policeman no authority could do such a thing…
    And journalist…jsut for an example a journalist of a tv channel fanned the violence in gujrat during those days and was remour making factory and now just by that single thing…
    Its carrier madam, just carrier
    And yr barkha,At kargil just for carrier she shot at a sensitive point despite soldiers objections (The high ups of army were in her pocket so she gave a damn).
    Resust: seconds after a bomb fell there and all the hapless soldiers were killed. Remorse; who cares.
    Pl. Mam, I agree that due to media that girl got some justice, but media was not there for her, It was just for CARRIER and well trp…

  • 2. zeal  |  June 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

    We cannot correct the system. I curse Rathore type of maggots. He definitely will face something similar.

    • 3. rakesh  |  June 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      if we hv made such a system who else would come to correct it. Obviously its our responsibility. The problem is THEY hv succeeded in deviding us.

      • 4. zeal  |  June 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm

        We do not have power. Those who have are so insensitive. I do not have hope from impotent lot around.


  • 5. rakesh  |  June 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    To have power u hv to become insensitive; this is the primary condition for having power.
    And those whom u think impotent may be sensitive persons and therefore powerless…
    The root problem is good people are not intersted in power; therefore they are good/ Its catch 22 I do often think about it and hv no answer yet…

  • 6. Jeevan  |  June 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Respected Ma’am,
    That the school in questioned absconded from its moral responsibility is beyond question. As a Christian institution it should never have acted in a such a way.
    Q.But why did it do so?
    A. Obviously it surrendered to the pressure from the police officer, or more likely politicians/ burecrats through him.
    Q. Why would they surrender?
    A. Even two days back, The Tribune carried an article about how the school in Chandigarh is bieng harrassed by an administrator. If this is the case in 2010, imagine how much at the mercy of the government would the school have been at the time of the incident. Hence the school authorities acted out of fear.
    Q. Does it make their action justified?
    A. No.

    Imagine what you would have done had you been in the school principal’s shoes. Even in our own insignificant offices we try to close our eyes and run with the flow.

    • 7. Nila  |  January 30, 2018 at 8:21 am

      In this era of social media we get ample opportunity to fight injustice , we only have to muster courage and proceed cautiously.

  • 8. Nila  |  January 30, 2018 at 8:17 am

    It is really heartening to find such a kind , sensitive and just person like you. Convents preach humanity but do not practice.


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