No female cop in Rly Police to oversee sexual harassment cases

The Railway police on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that it has not been able to formulate a committee to look into complaints of sexual harassment at workplace as it does not have a lady DCP to head the panel.

Updated: Feb 08, 2011, 00:11 AM IST

Mumbai: The Railway police on Monday informed the
Bombay High Court that it has not been able to formulate a
committee to look into complaints of sexual harassment at
workplace as it does not have a lady Deputy Commissioner of
Police (DCP) to head the panel.
The High Court was hearing a petition filed by a lady
police constable, a victim of sexual harassment at workplace
by a colleague, seeking formulation of a complaint cell to
look into such complaints.

Appearing for the police, public prosecutor P A Pol told
the court, "A proposal has been sent to the Director General
of Police seeking appointment of a lady officer withing two
weeks. Once the appointment is made, the committee would be
constituted."

The petitioner, who is presently serving as a constable
in the Government Railway Police (GRP), was allegedly molested
by another constable when she was changing her clothes inside
the police station in August last year.
"There is no complaint centre in the police department to
look into complaints of sexual harassment at workplace.
Moreover, the government has also not adopted the guidelines
formed by the apex court," the petitioner`s lawyer Gunratan
Sadavarte argued.

The matter will be next heard after two weeks.

PTI