IFS officer accused of sexual assault;MEA to probe

Last Updated: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 21:28

New Delhi: A domestic help hailing from
Jharkhand has accused a senior diplomat of sexually assaulting
her while he was posted in Kenya and approached police seeking
his arrest.

Reacting to the allegations against the diplomat, the
External Affairs Ministry said, "The matter has just come to
Ministry`s attention through media reports. It will be looked
into with all the seriousness that it deserves.

"The Ministry has always thoroughly investigated every
complaint against its officials and taken prompt and suitable
action wherever required," the MEA official spokesman said.

The woman filed her complaint with Moti Nagar police
station claiming that she was sexually harassed by Ketan
Shukla, the then Deputy High Commissioner in Kenya. He was
posted there between 2007 and 2010, police sources said.

She claimed that Shukla harassed her sexually besides
torturing her. She also alleged that she was threatened by him
and her salary was not paid, the sources said.

Shukla did not respond to SMS sent and calls made to him
to get his reaction to the allegations.

Besides filing a complaint with police, the woman had
approached National Commission for Women which has sought an
Action Taken Report from External Affairs Ministry and the
Delhi Police on the allegations.

Girija Vyas, NCW Chairperson, said it was a "very serious
matter" and based on the ATR, the Commission shall initiate
further action in accordance with law.
A case has been registered by police.


First Published: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 21:28

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