The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the state government to reply to a petition filed by a 29-year-old woman constable, who purportedly lost her unborn child due to shock and hypertension after sexual harassment at workplace.
The woman has sought proper implementation of the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court. The apex court has laid down comprehensive guidelines for redressal of grievance regarding sexual harassment at workplace.
Though the guidelines contemplate setting up of grievances committees at every unit, the public interest litigation filed through lawyer Gunaratna Sadawate, says there was nothing in place in police department.
The constable, posted at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway police station, has alleged that a male constable had misbehaved with her and despite written complaints to seniors nothing has happened.
The incident took place on August 18 after she reported for duty and went on to change clothes in computer room at the police station. Her colleague and fellow RPF constable allegedly molested her.
The petition states the victim had lodged a written complaint with an assistant commissioner of police but no action was taken.
When she approached the then Government Railway Police Commissioner, she was threatened and presurised to withdraw her complaint, it adds.
A division bench of Justice BH Marlapalle and Justice UD Salvi on Thursday asked additional government pleader Molina Thakur to file state's reply within two weeks.
Petitioner’s counsel Sadawarte said the woman had also filed another petition seeking directions to register an FIR against the alleged culprit constable Santosh Rane also attached to CST Railway police station. The matter will now come up for hearing after two weeks.