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‘Act against CJM for sexual harassment’

india Updated: Jan 07, 2009 00:30 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Hindustan Times
‘Act against CJM for sexual harassment’

State Women Commission (SWC) chairperson Namita Panda on Tuesday wrote a letter to the chief justice of the Orissa High Court to initiate a legal action against a chief judicial magistrate for misbehaving and sexually harassing a woman on a train.

The victim Jhum Mohanty, a resident of Damanjodi in Koraput district, was travelling in Hirakhand Express from Damanjodi to Bhubaneswar in November. A co-passenger allegedly tried to befriend her and later tried to sexually harass her after which she raised an alarm. When the train reached Bhubaneswar, the government railway police (GRP) came to Mohanty's compartment and took the accused, Santanu Kumar Rajguru, with them.

An FIR was lodged, but the police dragged their feet to act on the complaint after the accused revealed that he was a serving judge and currently posted as the chief judicial magistrate of Nowrangpur district.