Sexual harassment case against cop: Victim spends day under the sun to know case status

Despite tall claims of the Haryana Police assuring “quick action” in the sexual harassment case against a senior IPS officer...

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published:March 14, 2009 1:48 am

Despite tall claims of the Haryana Police assuring “quick action” in the sexual harassment case against a senior IPS officer,the victim,a 36-year-old Yamunanagar resident shuttled from one department to another on Friday in order to get some information on the status of her complaint.

The victim,who reached Panchkula early in the morning,tried to meet Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Ranjiv Dalal but all her efforts failed.  

It was only in the evening when she was intimated through lower officials of the police headquarters that her case has been forwarded to the Haryana Home Ministry and they would be handling her matter.

The case dates back to 2002 when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a Haryana IPS officer,who was the then SP of the district,during investigations of a dowry case that she had filed against her in-laws.  

On January 12,high drama was witnessed outside the police headquarters after the woman,an advocate by profession sat outside the Haryana DGP’s office on dharna alleging police inaction in the case. The DGP had promised her that he would forward her case to the Haryana Home Ministry as the case involved a senior-level IPS officer. 

“It has been several years since I am being told by the officials that I would get justice. Even today,when I reached the police headquarters,I was told that the DGP is busy with some meeting at the Police Lines near Sector 25. When I reached there,no official was ready to meet me and I was told to go back to the headquarters where I could meet the DGP. I returned,only to find that no official of the department was ready to listen to me or at least tell me the status of my case,” said the victim.

The woman said she had received many threat calls,following which she visited the police headquarters to meet the DGP.  

While several efforts to contact the DGP failed,an official of the police headquarters on condition of anonymity said,“The case has been forwarded to the Haryana Home Ministry today and it is they who would now be dealing with her case”.   

Denying the charges,however,the senior police officer,said,“I do not know what the complaint against me is and who the woman is. Nobody has asked me anything in this connection and there has been no previous inquiry.”

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