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Bihar: FIR against UN India official for ‘sexually harassing’ woman

The woman had lodged the FIR at the Patliputra police station against the UNFPA India representative.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2018 23:59 IST
PTI, Patna
UNFPA,United Nations,United Nations Population Fund
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said the ministry had received a complaint against the UNFPA official.(AFP File Photo)

An FIR has been lodged against the India representative of the United Nations Population Fund following a complaint of sexual harassment by a former consultant to its Bihar office, police said on Friday.

The woman, who served as a UNFPA consultant at its Bihar office from January to December last year, had lodged the FIR at the Patliputra police station against the UNFPA India representative, SHO T N Tiwary told PTI.

A woman assistant representative of UNFPA India in Delhi has also been named in the complaint for allegedly mentally harassing the Bihar office consultant by taunts about her character, he said.

“We have lodged an FIR...on the basis of the complainant’s application dated February 21, 2018,” Tiwary said.

The FIR has been lodged under IPC sections like 354A (sexual harassment), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 511 (attempting to commit offences), the SHO said.

To a query on the legal immunity enjoyed by the UN officials, Tiwary said, “The complainant just mentioned the name and did not specify designations and hence we lodged the FIR.”

The ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said in New Delhi on Thursday, “We received a complaint against the UNFPA official of sexual harassment. Given their (UN official’s) status, MEA asked for a response from them. The response now has been forwarded to the complainant.”

According to reports, the complainant had written a letter to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj alleging that she was harassed for providing “evidence of misconduct by UNFPA staff, including religious intolerance, conspiracies on sexual harassment” at workplace.

First Published: Feb 23, 2018 23:58 IST