DU finally constitutes committee to look into harassment complaint

  • Shradha Chettri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 00:06 IST

After a delay of more than a month, the Delhi University has finally constituted a committee to look into the allegations of harassment and illegal transfer made by one of the visually impaired, non-teaching staff.

Geeta Sharma, who is visually impaired, has levelled harassment allegations against her colleague Geeta Saroj, while she was working as a telephone operator at the university’s telephone exchange.

According to Sharma, the DU administration did not take action on her harassment complaint, so she approached the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities. In July, Sharma was transferred to the Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC).

As no one from the varsity appeared before the court, in its order dated September 30, 2014, the court asked DU along with representation from registrar and nodal officer for persons with disabilities to conduct a joint enquiry and ensure appropriate action, within three weeks from the date of receipt of the order.

The DU administration clarified that they received the order only in the last week of October, so an enquiry committee was set up November 18.

“The chief commissioner’s body is a non-enforcement body, but the Delhi University has taken notification of it and set up an enquiry committee. It is an administrative issue so little delay tends to occur,” officer on special duty at EOC, Anil Aneja said.

Sharma also tried to meet the vice-chancellor, once the order was out but has not been able to get an appointment.

“I have also tried to take up the matter with the vice-chancellor and submitted a letter twice on October 13 and November 14 but I have not received any response,” said Sharma.

She also claims that at the Equal Opportunity Cell, there is no work for a telephone operator.

“The government order clearly says that persons with disabilities may be exempted from rotational transfer and be allowed to continue in the same job. Now I am worried that I may just lose my job,” added Sharma, who has been working in DU for 14 years.

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