Inspector suspended for delay over sexual harassment complaint

A city police inspector was suspended Friday for refusing to register a complaint by a tribal woman who had alleged sexually harassment by the manager of a ware house where she works as a clerk.

Written by Express News Service | Surat | Published: April 27, 2013 4:30:08 am

A city police inspector was suspended Friday for refusing to register a complaint by a tribal woman who had alleged sexually harassment by the manager of a ware house where she works as a clerk.

Inspector M V Kikani was relieved of the charge of Kapodara police station after the woman met city Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthaana and narrated her ordeal.

According to details,Sharda,a widow,has been working at the Central Ware house at Kapodara for the last few years. On April 19,she was alone in the office when the manager,B R Amrutya,allegedly tried to make physical advances towards her. When she raised an alarm,he fled into his cabin.

The same day,Sharda went to Kapodara police station after her duty hours and requested inspector Kikani to lodge a complaint of sexual harassment against the manager,but Kikani allegedly refused.

The next day,when she went to work,Amrutya allegedly threatened to transfer her if she went to the police.

Sharda later contacted the police commissioner and narrated her ordeal.

Subsequently,Joint commissioner of police B S Jebalya visited Kapodara police station and got the complaint of sexual harassment lodged against the ware house manager.

He also ordered an inquiry,which found that Kikani had not registered the complaint promptly.

Jebaliya said,“We found that Kikani had delayed in registering the offence.

He was served the suspension order on Friday and relieved of Kapodara police station’s charge with immediate effect.”

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