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Widow exploited by brigadier

The widow of an Indian soldier has alleged that she was sexually harassed by a retired brigadier, with whom she was employed at the Punjab Sainik Welfare.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 19:18 IST
Hindustan Times
Hindustan Times

She was presented before the media by the All India Anti-Terrorist Front chief M.S. Bitta on Tuesday.

"I have been subjected to sexual harassment by the Punjab Sainik Welfare director J. S. Jaiswal who tried to compel me to have physical relations with him," said Raj Kaur, the widow of Havildar Gurmail Singh who was killed in action during 'Operation Rhino' in Assam on August 22, 1997.

Brigadier Jaiswal refuted the allegations, saying he was innocent and was "open to any inquiry."

Kaur said she had already represented the issue to the Chief of Army Staff, Kendriya Sainik Board, GOC-in-C Western Command and the National Commission for Women and but received "no positive response" so far.

Bitta, who was approached by the widow, has demanded a CBI inquiry into the accusations. “We will get a case registered against the Director of Sainik Welfare," he said.

First Published: Dec 27, 2006 20:23 IST