Sexual Harassment In NCW, Woman Victimised

National Commission for Women is considered the place for women seeking justice when society and law fail them. But when the very Commission fails the woman, where should she go, asks Central Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu.

New Delhi: When the right of the woman is violated and rule of law does not work, she looks to National Commission for Women for support and sympathy. If men violate rights of woman in NCW office itself, and rule of law does not work, where should she go?

The case of a research assistant in NCW intrigues everyone, as the very spirit of the organisation was violated by a man in it. The services of Nammi Bano who joined in 2010 were extended in May 2016 for six months, after which there was no intimation whether her term was extended or not.

She alleged that the Deputy Secretary VVB Raju was victimising her for daring to raise voice against sexual harassment. The surprising part is that the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in NCW could not dispose of the matter judiciously as mandated in the Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (Act No. 14 of 2013). The members who were also contractual employees were allured with double salaries by the bosses; hence they could not deal with the case objectively.

The victim then filed an RTI application seeking details about what happened in the ICC. Since there was no response, she filed the second appeal under Section 19(3) of RTI Act.

Surprisingly the National Commission for Women did not respond to her complaint, not conduct inquiry properly and disregarded to the guidelines of DoPT, the Supreme Court, and 2013 Act.

Taking all the issues into consideration, the RTI Commission directed the NCW to furnish their response on this alleged inaction.

In exercising the powers under section 18 (1) of RTI Act, it also directed that the respondent authority to conduct inquiry into Bano’s complaints against VVB Raju, the increase in remuneration of inquiry committee members and witnesses before inquiry committee in case of complaint of Sexual Harassment, and provide the report to the Commission, before 14.08.2016. Non-response by the prescribed date compels the Commission to presume that has nothing to explain and to proceed further under RTI Act, 2005.

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Young doctor ends life after sexual harassment

Hyderabad: A young doctor committed suicide on Thursday due to the sexual harassment by a senior doctor at her workplace.  Mungi Anusha (25) who was working as a physiotherapist in Basava Tarakam Cancer Hospital was allegedly harassed by a doctor was her senior. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, she joined the hospital a few months ago after completing her MBBS at Vijayanagaram.

Anusha who came to the city with soaring ambition had taken the extreme step on Thursday night after her colleagues were out. Reportedly, she shared her agony with her colleagues living with her at a hostel in Madhapur. The doctor was allegedly forcing her to satisfy his physical desire. Her stress due to harassment led to depression as she could not find anyone who could solve the issue. Emotionally drained, she hanged herself to the ceiling fan in her hostel room.

The Police registered a case and the investigation is on.

The family members were shaken by the suicide of Anusha on whom they had great expectations. The parents were in a state of shock.


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Idiots at every step says Riju Bafna, Trainee IAS officer

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A Facebook post by a woman IAS officer Ms.Riju Bafna, about her experience in dealing sexual harassment has gone viral. “I can only pray that no woman is born in this country… Idiots are lined up at every step,” while describing her court ordeal in connection with a sexual harassment case. Riju Bafna, a young IAS officer in her twenties, posted on Face book.

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In her post, the trainee IAS officer said, “Santosh Chaubey, Aayogmitra of MP Human Rights Commission was sending me indecent messages last week. I had filed an FIR against him and criminal action is being pursued against him. He was immediately removed from his job, thanks to the swift action by my Collector, Shri Bharat Yadav.”

To her embrassment which did not end with that, the post, further says: “Today, I went to give my statement to the Judicial Magistrate. While I was giving my statement, an advocate named Lalit Sharma was standing next, overhearing my statement, along with others in the court. I asked the judicial magistrate to ask others to leave as I was uncomfortable giving my statement in front of so many people. On saying this, Lalit Sharma started shouting at me, saying ‘how dare you suggest me to leave, I am an advocate here and you might be an officer in your office but not in the Court’. I told him that the privacy I am demanding is not as an IAS officer but as a woman and laws provide me with that. He started arguing and eventually left.”

“Such is the state of affairs for women in this country” Bafna said the magistrate kept silent during the entire incident and when she finally recorded her statement remarked that she was young, a new recruit on first posting, which is why she had expectations of privacy. “I would get to know the system and courts with time and get done away with such demands,” the IAS officer posted quoting the magistrate.

Idiots are lined up at every step and people are highly insensitive towards our sufferings. If you are born in this country, better prepare yourself for struggle at every step,” she wrote.

 Realizing that there might be a strong retaliation to her emotions, Ms.Ritu Bafna edited her previous post and removed the “I can only pray that no woman is born in this country” part from the post with a clarification. “In my previous post, there was a line about women not being born in the country. I wrote that line in the spur of moment and I regret blaming the country for the fault of individuals,” corrected Bafna.

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