A researcher who accused climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri of sexual harassment has quit her job at TERI, the think-tank he formerly headed, alleging it treated her “in the worst possible manner”.
In her resignation letter to TERI, the complainant said the organisation treated her in the “worst possible manner” and harmed her “mentally, professionally and economically” besides creating a hostile environment for her at work.
The 29-year-old woman in February accused the former UN climate panel chief of repeated sexual harassment soon after she joined The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi.
“Your organisation has treated me in the worst possible manner. TERI failed to uphold my interests as an employee, let alone protecting them,” the woman said in her resignation letter.
She also wrote that TERI protected Pachauri instead of her, despite the think-tank’s own internal inquiry finding him guilty of misconduct
“You also created a hostile environment for me which has only escalated and showed no signs of subsiding whatsoever,” she added.
Pachauri, a leading voice on the dangers of global warming, was forced to quit as chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February after she filed the complaint for sexual harassment at workplace.
He was also ousted from his post as head of TERI in July after a backlash over his return to work while facing the allegations. A Delhi police investigation is continuing in the case.
The researcher accused him of constantly harassing her through inappropriate emails, text and WhatsApp messages. Pachauri has denied the allegations and said his email and mobile phone were hacked.
(With agency inputs)