RPF constable alleges inaction over molestation

The Bombay High Court on Thursday sought a reply from the Railway Protection Force why it has not filed an FIR of a sexual harassment complaint lodged by one of its woman constables.

Updated: Nov 19, 2010, 00:46 AM IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday sought a
reply from the Railway Protection Force why it has not filed
an FIR of a sexual harassment complaint lodged by one of its
woman constables.

The direction came while hearing the victim`s PIL, which
alleged that RPF does not have an effective machinery to deal
with cases of sexual harassment.

According to the woman, RPF has failed to implement a
Supreme Court`s guideline for dealing with sexual harassment
complaints at workplace.

Even an FIR on her complaint has not been filed yet and a
petition filed by her seeking registration of FIR is pending
before another bench of High Court, she said.

A division bench headed by Justice B H Marlapalle sought
a reply from the Railways in two weeks in this connection.

According to the petitioner, her colleague and fellow RPF
constable Santosh Rane molested her on August when she was
changing clothes at the computer room of the RPF post in
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus here. She had to use the computer
room because the ladies room was dirty.

The woman was two-month pregnant at the time and suffered
a miscarriage due to the incident, the petition said.

She reported the incident to ACP but no action was taken.

Further, when she made a representation to police inspector Rohini Kale on August 22, the latter tried to pressurise her
into not pursuing it. Even Railway Police Commissioner Tukaram
Chavan did not help her, the PIL said.

PTI