IAS officer alleges sexual harassment by senior

first_imgA Haryana cadre woman IAS officer on Sunday levelled allegation of sexual harassment on her senior officer — a bureaucrat of the rank of Additional Chief Secretary.The woman wrote in a Facebook post that she was being sexually harassed by the senior officer, and she has sent complaints to the President, apart from other government departments.In her post, the officer wrote that on last May 18 and May 19, the senior officer called her to his office after 5 p.m. and kept her till 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.The woman officer added that on May 22, the senior officer summoned her to his office and asked her to mend her ways or face consequences. “He scolded me for writing comments on files that highlighted the wrong-doings in the department and warned me of transfer within two months. On May 31, the officer asked me not to write any noting on the files and also threatened to spoil my annual confidential report,” said the post.The post further said that on June 6, the woman officer was again summoned by the senior officer at 5 p.m. “While I was sitting on the chair, the senior officer asked me to come on his side of the table. As I moved to the other side, I found his behaviour very inappropriate and immediately returned to my chair… not only this, another senior woman IAS officer verbally told me not to file any written complaint of sexual harassment,” the post said.While demanding a probe into the matter, the woman officer has urged that all the CCTV footage of the office of the senior officer should be checked. She has also raised apprehension pertaining to her security and sought police security.“My security has been withdrawn, regarding which I have informed the Director General of Police and other senior officers. I am under constant fear that I could be physically harmed,” the woman officer has written.Meanwhile, the Haryana government has set up an internal four-member committee to investigate the allegations. Dismissing the allegations levelled against him, the senior IAS officer has termed the charges “baseless and false”.last_img

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