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Navy officer’s wife alleges harassment

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Thiruvananthapuram, April 11, 2013
First Published: 00:45 IST(11/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:12 IST(11/4/2013)

The Kochi police on Wednesday registered a case against 10 officers of the Indian Navy, including a commodore, after a lieutenant’s wife filed a complaint that she had been sexually harassed by senior officers with the consent of her husband.

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The Southern Naval Command has, however, dismissed the charges saying a marital discord had led to the complaint.

In her complaint filed with the Harbour police station, the lieutenant’s wife has alleged over the past two months her husband had ‘presented’ her to many officers seeking promotion and other benefits.

When she resisted, she said, her husband would beat her up and lock her inside a room for hours.

After the complaint was filed, the navy issued a statement saying the lieutenant’s wife had “levelled serious allegations against superiors in her husband’s chain of command without any substance.”

Later, talking to a local TV channel, the complainant, who got married in 2011 and has now filed for divorce, refuted the navy’s claim that senior officers were involved only to settle the marital discord. “It is a lie. They never counseled us. They are trying to cover up,” she said. “I am also getting death threats,” she added.

The husband has, meanwhile, sought anticipatory bail from the Kerala HC. Unconfirmed reports said the police would oppose the bail plea on Thursday.

IG, Central Range, K Padmakumar, confirmed that the police have registered a case. “We are investigating the case. Since a petition is pending before the HC we can’t divulge further at this juncture.”

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