The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday demanded the filing of fresh cases in connection with the molestation case involving the former Director-General of Haryana Police, S.P.S. Rathore.

Charges should be filed against any individual or institution responsible for suppressing or influencing investigation, thereby preventing delivery of justice, NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said here.

She said the charges should include abetment to suicide, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, public servant disobeying the law, framing an incorrect document, giving false evidence, and criminal intimidation, apart from action against Mr. Rathore for misconduct as per the service rules.

Ms. Vyas said she had also sought a report from the Rajasthan government on the alleged molestation of a constable’s wife by DIG Madhukar Tandon in 1997. The woman was allegedly kidnapped and taken to Noida in U.P. from Jaipur and molested. The officer has been evading arrest since then and later declared a fugitive.

The victim’s husband was harassed after he lodged a complaint against the DIG and forced to give up his job in 2002. The couple are now living in Dausa. “There are similarities in the two cases, and we will take up the Dausa case also,” Ms. Vyas said.

Briefing reporters after the first meeting of a committee of lawyers - constituted by the NCW to enquire into the Haryana molestation case - Ms. Vyas said it held its first meeting on Tuesday and concluded that prima facie there were serious lapses in handling the case and attempts made to hush up the matter.

After going through the committee’s preliminary report, the NCW decided to take up the matter with the Centre and Haryana government to register fresh cases under appropriate sections of law and investigate the matter speedily. Ms. Vyas said she spoke to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and asked him to expedite the matter.