A trainee IAS officer posted in Madhya Pradesh has alleged humiliation by a judge and a lawyer during recording of her statement in a sexual harassment case she had filed against an official of the state human rights panel.
Sources said the officer has made a representation to the district magistrate seeking action against a judicial magistrate first class and a lawyer present in the courtroom.
The woman IAS officer’s posted her allegations on her Facebook page over three days but refused to comment when approached by the Hindustan Times on Monday.
A copy of her representation has also been posted on her Facebook page.
Sources said the officer has made a representation to the district magistrate seeking action against a judicial magistrate first class and a lawyer present in the courtroom. A copy of her representation has also been posted on her Facebook page.
The 2014 batch IAS officer, posted in Seoni district had filed a complaint against Santosh Chaubey, an ‘aayogmitra’ at the MP human rights commission accusing him of sending her obscene messages. The ‘aayogmitra’ acts as a liaison for the commission in districts. He has since been removed from the position.
The officer wrote that the lawyer abused her on Saturday when she was recording her statement to the magistrate. She claimed the lawyer was overhearing her statement which made her uncomfortable.
She quoted the lawyer as allegedly 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”.
The lady officer further wrote, “Such is the state of affairs for women in this country. When I said to judicial magistrate that he should be careful of presence of other people when a woman is giving statement under sexual harassment case, he said that you are young and that’s why demanding such things. 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.”
The officer said she “felt belittled and humiliated by being subjected to this kind of ego play.”
Santosh Choubey couldn’t be contacted despite several attempts.