Rupan Deol Bajaj

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Rupan Deol Bajaj, is a retired Officer of the Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S) belonging to the Punjab Cadre. She at present lives in Chandigarh. She came to limelight when, she lodged a complaint against KPS Gill, who was at that time Director General of Police, Punjab, that he had molested her modesty by "patting" her "posterior" in an intoxicated state, during a party hosted on 18 July 1988 at the Chandigarh residence of then Punjab Financial Commissioner (Home) S L Kapoor.[1] She was at that time working as the Special Secretary, Finance as an I.A.S. officer. This case, that is, Rupen Deol Bajaj vs KPS Gill case, was one of the most publicized, high-profile legal cases and remained in media limelight for many years. In this high-profile case, KPS Gill was finally held guilty of the charges. The [High court of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh] on 20 August 1998 upheld Gill's conviction under Section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult a lady) for his action against Deol.[2] KPS Gill was sentenced to pay a fine of Rs 200,000, be imprisoned rigorously for 3 months and simply for 2 months, and finally to serve 3 years of probation.[3] But Rupen Deol Bajaj, declined to accept the monetary compensation, and the court ordered that it be donated to women's organizations[3] After final appeals before the Supreme Court of India in July 2005, the conviction was upheld, and the jail sentences were reduced to probation.[2][3][4]

Her husband Mr. B.R. Bajaj, who is a senior I.A.S. officer of the Punjab Cadre, now retired, not only stood by her throughout the legal ordeal but also had filed a complaint in the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate for the same offenses, described above against KPS Gill and was a party to the case.[1]

She was praised in media largely for filing a case against such a powerful officer of Police and refusing to be cowed down. Also remaining true to the spirit of her struggle she has donated the fine of 200,000 levied by court on KPS Gill to a woman’s organization so that women fighting under circumstances at least get some monetary help.[5]

In year 2010, after Government's decision to strip police officers convicted of 'moral turpitude' of medals and awards, she demanded that Government take back Padma Shri award given to Punjab's former 'supercop' KPS Gill convicted for molesting her. She wanted the Government to move against Gill in the same manner as it was proceeding against ex-Haryana top cop SPS Rathore to strip him of his police medal in the aftermath of the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.[6][7]

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