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Woman who accused RK Pachauri of sexual harassment quits TERI

A research analyst, who accused former TERI director general RK Pachauri of sexual harassment, has resigned from the institute, reports said on Wednesday.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2015 13:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
RK Pachauri,Teri,Woman quits Teri
RK Pachauri resigned as the chairperson of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) following accusation of sexual harassment in February.(HT File Photo)

A researcher who accused climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri of sexual harassment has quit her job at TERI, the think-tank he formerly headed, alleging it treated her “in the worst possible manner”.

In her resignation letter to TERI, the complainant said the organisation treated her in the “worst possible manner” and harmed her “mentally, professionally and economically” besides creating a hostile environment for her at work.

The 29-year-old woman in February accused the former UN climate panel chief of repeated sexual harassment soon after she joined The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi.

“Your organisation has treated me in the worst possible manner. TERI failed to uphold my interests as an employee, let alone protecting them,” the woman said in her resignation letter.

She also wrote that TERI protected Pachauri instead of her, despite the think-tank’s own internal inquiry finding him guilty of misconduct

“You also created a hostile environment for me which has only escalated and showed no signs of subsiding whatsoever,” she added.

Pachauri, a leading voice on the dangers of global warming, was forced to quit as chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February after she filed the complaint for sexual harassment at workplace.

He was also ousted from his post as head of TERI in July after a backlash over his return to work while facing the allegations. A Delhi police investigation is continuing in the case.

The researcher accused him of constantly harassing her through inappropriate emails, text and WhatsApp messages. Pachauri has denied the allegations and said his email and mobile phone were hacked.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Nov 04, 2015 10:34 IST