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Manager acquitted after Mumbai sales executive withdraws molestation complaint

The magistrate acquitted the man observing that it appears that the woman wanted to put an end to the anxiety of the trial

mumbai Updated: May 22, 2018 11:35 IST
Farhan Shaikh
Farhan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,molestation,Sexual Harrasment
The woman approached the Borivli metropolitan court and submitted that she does not want to proceed with the case. (HT PHOTO)

In a case of sexual harassment at workplace, a sales executive, who was allegedly molested by her manager at her Goregaon-based corporate company and had to quit her job in 2014, deposed she does not want to proceed with the case. The magistrate acquitted the man observing that it appears that the woman wanted to put an end to the anxiety of the trial.

The woman had registered the case early in 2015 against the 37-year-old Kalyan resident, who was working as her manager at the corporate firm. The woman’s job was to sell credit cards. As per the FIR, her complaint was that the accused would “frequently roll his hand over her back”, “talk to her obscenely and in an objectionable language.”

The woman also complained that she had not received her salary. According to the case of the prosecution, the woman was fed up with the attitude of her superior and hence left her job.

But surprisingly, the woman approached the Borivli metropolitan court and submitted that she does not want to proceed with the case.

The metropolitan magistrate Prasad Kulkarni later observed in his order, “This case depicts how an aspiring candidate, loyal employee is molested by the pervert manager of the institution where she is working. It appears she belongs to middle class society and instead of going on with the case, she thought it fit to get it settled and put an end to anxiety to the fate of the trial. That might be the only reasons she had not supported her contention.”

The court held that since the woman – the main witness in the case – is not supporting the case of the prosecution, “no purpose would be served by examining the remaining witnesses. For want of evidence, the accused needs to be acquitted.”

The Vanrai police had registered a case of molestation and criminal intimidation against the accused in 2015. In April, this year, the prosecution had framed the charges against him four days after which the accused was acquitted.

First Published: May 22, 2018 11:34 IST