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HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014

CISF constable reiterates charges of sexual harassment against deputy commandant

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, August 31, 2014
First Published: 22:52 IST(31/8/2014) | Last Updated: 22:55 IST(31/8/2014)
A constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), who attempted suicide at the Bhopal airport, has reiterated her claims of sexual harassment by her senior officer which allegedly forced her to take the extreme step.
 
On Saturday, police recorded a fresh statement of the victim Ritu Kumari at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in New Delhi, where she is undergoing treatment for the self-inflicted gunshot wound on her stomach.
 
Kumari, 25 --  a resident of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, was posted as a constable with the CISF unit at the Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal when she tried to end her life with her service revolver on August 5.
 
Police sources said that Kumari again named deputy commandant Vijay Kumar Dhankar as the person who had sexually harassed her.
 
Kumari’s statement was recorded by town inspector (TI) of mahila police station Renu Murab at the trauma centre in AIIMS and her condition is said to be “critical”.
 
In her statement, the constable claimed that Dhankar held her hand and tried to pull her to him. Kumari said that she somehow managed to escape from Kumar's clutches and fled out of his cabin.
 
“I just wanted to die because I was not able to bear the mental trauma. Dhankar’s action jolted me so much that I shot myself,” a police source quoted the constable as saying in her statement.
 
She has also alleged that Dhankar always used to harass her.
 
Superintendent of police (north) Arvind Saxena confirmed the fresh statement.
 
In her prior statement recorded before a tehsildar and police, Kumari had said that she was insulted by her senior officers.
 
However, in her statement to a CISF officer, she had accused Dhankar of physical harassment.
 
From the hospital, Kumari had faxed a letter to the Madhya Pradesh State Women’s Commission (MPSWC) narrating her ordeal.
 
The MPSWC forwarded her letter to police and CISF and asked them to conduct a fresh inquiry into the matter.
 
Police have registered a case on the basis of Kumari’s complaint to MPSWC.
 
Police said a team would soon leave for West Bengal to nab the accused deputy commandant.
 
As the name of Dhankar surfaced in the case, he was sent on leave by the CISF administration and later transferred from Bhopal to a steel plant unit in Durgapur, West Bengal.
 
After the incident, CISF had also conducted a ‘court of inquiry’, which gave a clean chit to Dhankar.

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