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Proceedings against three army officers begin

As embarrassment mounted, the Army said that proceedings against three senior officers were on charges of outraging the modesty of women and not rape.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 16:47 IST

As embarrassment mounted, the Army on Saturday said that proceedings against three senior officers-- a Colonel and a Major in the Jalandhar-based 11 Corps and a Colonel in the Nagrota-based 16 Corps-- were on charges of outraging the modesty of women and not rape.

The Court of Inquiry in two cases of complaints lodged by women officers against their Commanding Officers relate to allegations of "harassment and victimisation" and not sexual assault, an army spokesman said in New Delhi.

Giving out the status of the complaints, he said a woman officer had alleged victimisation by Col Mitra, the Commanding officer of her Air Defence Unit-based at Jalandhar, and another senior officer Major Nowhar.

"There was absolutely no complaint of rape becuase such an incident had not occurred", the spokesman claimed.

He said based on the complaint a Court of Inquiry was ordered which completed its probe on April 6, finding some substance in the complaint.

"Expeditious action was taken to attach the two officers to another formation and recording of summary of evidence in respect of both officers commenced immediately, to frame action against them", he said.