Woman officer accuses senior of harassment in Rajasthan

  • HT Correspondent, None, Bharatpur
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 16:22 IST

A woman agriculture officer posted in Bharatpur district has accused a senior colleague of assault with intent to outrage her modesty, and lodged a police case against him through court.

Earlier, she also sent the complaint to other senior officers of her department, besides district collector and superintendent of police of Bharatpur.

Police have registered a case under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), among others, against deputy director, agriculture, Dr Udai Veer Singh.

Ram Prasad Bhardwaj, SHO, women’s police station, Bharatpur, said they received the woman’s complaint through court on Friday evening. “We have recorded the victim’s statement and are collecting evidence. We will take a decision on it on Monday,” he said.

In October, the woman officer got the additional charge of agriculture officer. “From the day I joined here, the deputy director tried to talk to me in private, lured me with gifts, offered me the services of his government vehicle, but I have been resisting. On December 17, he held my hand and pushed me to the ground, but I managed to escape and informed my colleagues about the incident,” she told HT. Singh used abusive language when she didn’t entertain his passes, she alleged.

The general secretary of All Rajasthan State Employees Sanyukt Mahasabha, Rajendra Sharma, said employees of the office were infuriated with his action and demanded his immediate arrest.

The accused officer has been “missing” since that incident, he said.

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