The highest ranked woman police officer in Maharashtra said she too has faced sexual harassment at the work place, very early in her career.
Meeran Borwankar, additional director general of police, prisons, said she does not wish to reveal more details about the incident as there is no point raking up matters now. “I faced a really awful situation at the workplace. Then I proceeded on leave. I came back only when I felt that I won’t have to work under that officer. I don’t want to reveal any name or details,” she said.
Asked what action had been taken against the offender, she said no action could be initiated as “there was no overt transgression”. “But my seniors were aware of the situation and were supportive.”
Things are better nowadays, she said. “We have so many women officers around. The younger lot is confident, articulate and vocal. The entire culture at the workplace has changed.”
Borwankar made the revelations when Hindustan Times interviewed her as part of its initiative to detail the challenges women face in serving in the police force. More and more women are being recruited, but the force appears ill-equipped to deal with the situation. Patriarchy rules and little has been done to improve service conditions: there aren’t even enough washrooms or changing rooms for women.The highest ranked woman police officer in Maharashtra said she too has faced sexual harassment at the work place, very early in her career.