A Sexual harassment comlaint is filed againt IG by woman DCP: TN
An internal committee (Vishakha Committee) has been formed by the Tamil Nadu government to investigate into a sexual harassment complaint filed by a female Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) against Inspector General (IG), her senior officer. The DCP in her written complaint has given all the details of the sexual harassment by the senior officer for a period of seven months. She has described instances in her complaint where the IG attempted to hug her on several occasions and started harassing her when she protested. She has further stated that the IG used to call her at odd hours and send vulgar text messages to her. He also used to watch pornographic materials while she was around. The IG also threatened to make an adverse annual report against her if she didn’t adhere to his demands which could affect her career. The matter has been forwarded to the Vishakha Committee and the issue will be investigated as per the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. According to the norms of Vishakha Committee, if the sexual harassment case appears to be on the face of it against the senior officer, the committee shall refer the complaint to the concerned police unit to register a case to initiate criminal proceedings against him.