Gwalior additional judge quits, alleged sexual harrassment

Gwalior additional judge quits, alleged sexual harrassment

An additional judge in Gwalior resigned alleging sexual harassment by a judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

In her complaint to Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and Supreme Court judges Justices H L Dattu, T S Thakur, Anil R Dave, Dipak Misra and Arun Misra, as well as the MP HC chief justice, she said the administrative judge sent her a message through the district registrar to "perform dance on an item song" at a function in his residence. But she excused herself saying it was her daughters birtday.

She has alleged that the judge mocked her and threatened to "spoil my career completely and make sure that I face ruinous prospects all my life", when she pleaded against the transfer.

"I was left with no option but to resign, so, I resigned on July 15 in compelling, humiliating and disgraceful circumstances to save my dignity, womanhood, self-esteem and career of my daughter," she has written.

 "If this is how a mother, sister and wife can be treated, who is herself no less than a judicial officer duty-bound to protect society and law, what constitutional goals are we serving?" the judge wrote in her complaint.

CJI R M Lodha told NDTV that he Will seek report from chief justice of Madhyapradesh and take action accordingly.

 "I haven't received the complaint officially... once I get it I will go through the complaint. Normally, we ask for a report on the complaint from the Chief Justice of the High Court. In this case, I will seek a report from the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and take action accordingly. I will do my best for the institution."

The additional judge resigned on July 15 and wrote letters to CJI and other on August 01.


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