Amid hype over Ram Rahim’s rape case and its verdict, a grieving son also awaits justice for the murder of his father, journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati. Chhatrapati had exposed the alleged rape case in 2002. He was shot at his residence on 24 October. Months before his paper had published an anonymous letter narrating how women finding solace in the Dera as sadhvis were raped by its chief.
Chhatrapati’s son Anshul has been fighting the case since long and it has reached to final arguments in the same court. The verdict will be declared on 25 August.
“I was 21 then, and did not know where to go for justice after the police did not include the name of the Dera chief in the FIR,” said Anshul. He finally petitioned the Punjab and Haryana HC for a CBI inquiry in January 2003.
“My father fought for life in the hospital for 28 days after they pumped bullets into his body, and he had named the Dera chief as the accused in his statement to the local police. But the cops did not include the Dera chief’s name in the FIR, and the legal battle began from there,” he added.
There were many threats and pressures on Anshul. He also struggles to continue father’s local Hindi newspaper, ‘Poora Sacch’ for 12 years.