Saturday, 2 August 2014

Justice eludes woman Constable in sexual harassment case

Justice eludes woman Constable in sexual harassment case

In September 2013, Kulbhushan Ojha, then Reserve Inspector of Lucknow police lines sexually harassed a woman Constable posted in Police Lines office. He tried to use his superior official position to subjugate her and also touched her at inappropriate places. When she refused to yield, Ojha slapped and threatened her with dire consequences. He refused her earned Leave and forcibly got her transferred to Mahila police station.

The woman constable gave an application to SSP, Lucknow on 21 September and to DIG on 24 September but they failed to act upon these complaints. Then she met me and we together sat at Mahanagar police station for 4 hours on 26 September, after which her case got finally registered as crime No 75/2013 under sections 354A, 506 IPC. Ravindra Goud, then SSP Lucknow got the case transferred to Mahila police station in-charge on 10 October.

The woman constable met the investigating officer Shiva Shukla on many occasions who went on giving her false promises, while in reality, she and her successor Kanaklata Dubey wrote 29 case diaries and clandestinely send a Final report No B-23 to the CO office on 23 July 2014.

Even this fact emerged only when I and the woman constable met the station officer on 01 August. Today I met CO Hazaratganj Rajesh Kumar Srivastava to show complete displeasure with the investigation, who has assured reinvestigation of the case after turning down the Final Report.

This is the real picture of UP Police where a lady member of the police force is not able to get justice in her own sexual harassment case.

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