A Bhilwara Municipal Council (BMC) junior engineer has filed a complaint with Rajasthan State Woman Commission chairman Lad Kumari Jain against the BMC acting commissioner and two colleagues for mentally and physically harassing her for the past nine months.
The complainant, Rekha Meena, 20, a scheduled tribe unmarried woman of Dausa, posted as junior engineer in BMC since 2013, worked under executive engineer Sanjay Mathur and assistant engineer Akheram Badodiya since May 2014. According to Meena, Mathur and Badodiya often harassed her for field duty and when she complained to then commissioner Rustam Ali Shaikh, the duo removed her from engineering work and shifted to Bhamashah Yojna.
The State Woman Commission has forwarded the complaint to Bhilwara collector for necessary action and sought an inquiry report.
The BMC officials are now trying to settle the issue with the victim, Meena said.She alleged that Badodiya insisted on Meena to accompany him to sites after 6 pm and when she refused, the harassment began.
“Badodiya always said if you want to live in BMC, you have to work as desired by me. If you refused to cooperate with me, BMC may suspend you,” the victim alleged. In her complaint to the panel the victim wrote that when she approached executive engineer Sanjay Mathur, he took no action against Badodiya and they removed me from field duty. She also wrote to BMC chairman Anil Baldwa, but couldn’t get a favour from him.
The victim’s advocate also sent a notice to all the concerned officers on December 5, 2014, but BMC didn’t reply as to why she was alone posted in the Bhamashah Yojna continuously for six month when there are eight more junior engineers in the BMC.
The victim alleged that after taking the charge of BMC commissioner, Sanjay Mathur regularly threatened her for suspension, as she was on probation. BMC chairman Anil Baldwa allegedly ignored her whenever she tried to meet him. “I had done a lot of construction work in eight months in different wards, but I couldn’t fulfil the wishes of Mathur and Badodiya, so they have mentally and physically tortured me, but at last I will win because truth always prevails,” Meena told HT.
All efforts to contact Baldwa, Mathur on their mobile phones proved futile as they did not attended the calls.