Woman IAS officer lodges sexual harassment complaint, gets harassed in court

Last Updated 04 August 2015, 08:29 IST

A young woman IAS officer Riju Bafna was reportedly harassed in the court during the hearing of a sexual harassment case filed by her.

When the hearing in the sexual harassment case was underway in the court, Riju felt uncomfortable to give her statement in the presence of everyone. So, she requested the magistrate to allow her to record her statement in privacy.

This didn't go down well with advocate Lalit Sharma, who was present in the court during the hearing. He started yelling at Riju for asking him to leave.

Not just this, but even the magistrate, who was hearing the case told her that she was demanding privacy as she was young.

Sharing this horrific experience in the court, Riju took to Facebook and posted this message:

"Hi everyone. I am posting this message to share my experience with judiciary on a sexual harassment case filed by me.

Today, I went to give my statement to the Judicial Magistrate. While I was giving my statement, an advocate named Lalit Sharma was standing next, overhearing my statement, along with others in the court. I asked the judicial magistrate to ask others to leave as I was uncomfortable giving my statement in front of so many people. On saying this, Lalit Sharma started shouting at me, saying "how dare you suggest me to leave, I am an advocate here and you might be an officer in your office but not in the Court". I told him that the privacy I am demanding is not as an IAS officer but as a woman and laws provide me with that. He started arguing and eventually left.
Such is the state of affairs for women in this country. Read more...

IAS officer Riju Bafna has filed an FIR against Santosh Chaubey, Aayogmitra of MP Human Rights Commission for sending her lewd messages.

(Published 04 August 2015, 08:29 IST)

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