The Hush Post: The crusader of Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, Anand Prakash, passed away at his home in Panchkula after fighting prostrate cancer. Prakash (74) was the father of Anuradha, friend of Ruchika, who took on the fight of the teenager to its logical conclusion after she was “molested” by former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in 1990. Both Anand Prakash and his wife Madhu had fought for 26 years to see justice for Ruchika Girhotra, who had committed suicide in 1993. In trial court alone, they had attended more than 400 hearings. The case later reached the sessions court, the high court and the Supreme Court. In 2016, the Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Rathore for molesting Ruchika but the charges of abetting suicide were dropped.
Recently, the couple had lent support to the family of Varnika Kundu, on whose complaint a case of stalking was registered against Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, in Chandigarh.