A 34-year-old woman has lodged a complaint against a senior government official in Bhopal, accusing him of sexual harassment.
The complainant, who runs a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works for mentally and physically challenged women, has also accused the man of duping her of Rs 70,000.
Mahila police station in-charge Sandhya Mishra said the victim has lodged a complaint against deputy director of Madhya Pradesh public relation department, RS Meena, on Saturday, which has been forwarded to additional superintendent of police (ASP) Dileep Singh Tomar for investigation.
Meena has, however, rubbished the charges and said the woman was trying to blackmail him. He also accused the complainant of demanding Rs 5 lakh.
Talking to HT, the victim said she had met RS Meena during a felicitation programme in Indore. “He gave me his contact number and asked me to contact him and assured to help me in getting government projects for my NGO.”
The woman claimed that when she contacted Meena, he had claimed that “seven departments worked under him and he would ensure that I get projects from all seven departments.”
The woman has also accused Meena of duping her of Rs 70,000 in the name of getting project designs made for her proposed projects.
“On September 28, he took me to a government office in Ratibad area on the pretext that two officials would meet me and sign a project paper. Instead he locked me in a room and tried to rape me,” the victim said.
When contacted, Meena accepted that he had met the woman during a function in Indore. “She later approached me at my office and asked to help her in getting government projects for her NGO. But, I denied. She kept calling me over phone with same demand. Few days ago, she came to my office and threatened that if I did not help her she would lodge a police complaint and defame me by levelling serious allegation,” he said, adding that the woman had also demanded Rs 5 lakh from him.
ASP Tomar confirmed that he has received a complaint in the matter. “I have received the complaint today and have started investigation. Action will be taken only after the preliminary investigation,” he said.