Probe against IFS officer for sexual harassment

Jharkhand Minister Vimla Pradhan on Tuesday said she had asked a member of the state Women`s Commission to inquire allegations of a girl hailing from Gumla about `sexual exploitation` by an Indian Foreign Service Officer.

Ranchi: Jharkhand Minister Vimla Pradhan on Tuesday said she had asked a member of the state Women`s Commission to inquire allegations of a girl hailing from Gumla about `sexual exploitation` by an Indian Foreign Service Officer when they were in Kenya.
"A member of Jharkhand Women`s Commission today met me
and apprised of the girl`s narration. I told her to
investigate into it," Pradhan, Social Justice, Women and
Child Welfare and Tourism Minister, told newsmen here.

"I will also speak to the state Women`s Commission
later this month to discuss whether there could be a policy on
women so that we can protect them effectively," she said.

Stating that the guardians should be aware of
`middlemen` to strengthen the government`s effort in
controlling `trafficking of girls`, Pradhan said the state
government would take whatever steps possible to prevent
trafficking of girls and give justice to the women.
The 22-year-old domestic-help had on December 3
alleged before the police that Ketan Shukla, a 1986 batch IFS
officer, `sexually assaulted` her while they were in Kenya
where he was posted as India`s deputy high commissioner.

The officer had since denied the charge.

PTI