Police officer accused of sending lewd SMS

Police officer accused of sending lewd SMS

A senior police officer of a police station in Odisha's Kendrapara district has been accused of sending lewd SMS to a woman staff.

"A special cell formed to look into such complaints is investigating the matter to ascertain the veracity of the charge," Sub-Divisional Police Officer Nrusingha Charan Swain said.

This is the first case in Kendrapara that is being probed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Since the act came in force last year, no complaint has been lodged, sources said.

Based upon the complaint of the woman, the cell headed by a woman police inspector is conducting inquiry into it. After the cell submits its findings and recommendation, legal action would be initiated.

The accused officer had allegedly sent objectionable messages. Both the accused and the victim are posted in Kendrapara police station, sources said.

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