The case involving allegations of sexual harassment against Bhagat Singh, head of physical education department Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), has taken a new turn with police registering first information reports (FIR) against two complainants for fraud.
Earlier, a male resource person’s mother had complained with police that Singh molested her whenever she visited the university to meet her son. Apart from this, a female resource person at MDU, who had resigned, complained that Singh sexually abused her on many occasions, because of which she had to resign.
The two, along with their supporters, have been sitting on a dharna at Ambedkar Chowk outside women police station in Rohtak for past three days, protesting police inaction for not registering FIR against Singh.
The police on Saturday booked the two women for fraud on a complaint filed by Bhagat. In his complaint he stated that the female resource person had got job in the department by forging her postgraduate and doctoral degree from Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur. Singh claims that after receiving an official reply about the forgery from the said university, he registered a police complaint. In it, he has stated that the woman had filed a sexual assault complaint against him with an intent to blackmail him.
Based on Singh’s complaint, police have booked the woman under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly) , 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Bhagat Singh has also complained against the male resource person and his parents. He claims that he had informed his seniors about a criminal case and FIR registered against the resource person. In response, the resource person, along with his parents, tried to strangulate him to death at his office in September, Singh claimed. He said that when he complained of assault, the resource person's mother filed a counter complaint of sexual harassment.
Based on his complaint, police have booked the male resource person and his mother under sections 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions),332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) of IPC.
The police said they have lodged a case and investigations were going on.