Sexual harassment slur on circle officer in Bihar; woman thrashes him in public, video goes viral

The woman has alleged that the officer sexually exploited her after promising her a government job besides assuring to do her land related paper work.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 15:37 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
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The circle officer of Gaighat in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar being thrashed by a woman. (HT photo)

A woman thrashed a government officer in full public view on Wednesday, the video of which has now gone viral.

The woman claimed that the circle officer (CO) of Gaighat in Muzaffarpur district, 70 km north of Patna, was sexually exploiting her ever since she came in contact with him three years back. The woman had visited the CO’s office in connection with mutation of land.

She alleged that the CO, besides assuring to do the land mutation work, also promised her a government job in his office. As she pursued with him for a job, she alleged that the CO exploited her sexually. After all these years, the woman ran out of patience on Wednesday. She walked into the CO’s office, held the officer by the scruff of her neck and thrashed him. As he stepped out of his office, the woman followed him, continuing with her assault and vituperative against him.

Nishikant, the circle officer concerned, has registered an FIR with the Gaighat police station on Wednesday. He blamed the media for provoking the woman.

Rubbishing allegations against him, Nishikant said, “The woman came to me for mutation of land, which is in the name of some other person. At the instigation of some mediapersons she created an unruly scene after I denied her request.”

Confirming the lodging of FIR, deputy superintendent of police (east) Muttafique Ahmad said the incident took place at around 5pm on Tuesday, but the officer approached the local police station only on Wednesday morning. “We are inquiring into the matter,” he said.

Sources at Gaighat CO office said the woman initially looked for one Rajiv Singh, believed to be a go-between. Once, she located him in the office, she thrashed him. Later, she caught the CO by the scruff of his neck before thrashing and kicking him. All along she kept accusing the CO and Singh of duping and exploiting her sexually.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 14:21 IST