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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Woman forest guard accuses senior office

HT Correspondent  BHILWARA, August 16, 2014
First Published: 15:43 IST(16/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:49 IST(16/8/2014)

A 20-year-old woman forest guard has accused the deputy conservator of forests (DCF), Bhilwara, of molestation and sexual harassment. The guard, a Muslim, has alleged that the officer, Roop Narayan Meena, also threatened to get her out of the job if she filed any complaint against him.

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The woman has made these allegations in her written complaint to senior forest department officers, besides Bhilwara superintendent of police and NGO Mahila Evam Bal Chetna Samiti. She has been working as forest guard for about six months, and is presently posted at the forest office in Shastri Nagar area here under Meena.

The DCF, she alleged, sought sexual favours from her and when she protested, he threatened her to ruin her professionally. “DCF sought sexual favours from me. I protested, but he called me on my phone in night. Out of shame I didn’t tell this to anybody. But he again created troubles for me. He molested me and threatened me with dire consequences,” she told media persons.

Meena, however, dismissed the allegations, saying the illegal mining lobby was using her as “a tool” to stop his activity against them.

Forest department officers from Ajmer are probing the case, though they have refused to speak anything on the issue.

Superintendent of police Raghvendra Suhas said assistant SP (city) Anand Sharma was inquiring into the matter at his level and they were awaiting the forest department’s probe report to file a case against the accused.

Mahila Evam Bal Chetna Samiti chairperson Tara Ahluwalia said the girl came to her office and narrated her story two days ago. She said she was trying to meet with Bhilwara SP.

“We are also filing an application under RTI rules about the action taken by the departmental committee which is framed to look after the harassment of woman at workplace,” she added.


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