WCD Min seeks transfer of Chowdhury over harassment charges

Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 00:13

New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath has written to Prime Minister`s Office seeking transfer of Secretary Nita Chowdhury in the wake of allegations of workplace harassment against her that allegedly drove a senior woman officer to slit her wrists, official sources said.

Chowdhury who had taken over the charge as the Secretary in July this year, had come under severe attack after a senior official of the Ministry allegedly slit her wrist in her Shastri Bhawan office on July 23.

According to sources, the officer slashed her wrist allegedly after she was pulled up by Chowdhury for a tardy rate of clearance of proposals under the Swadhar scheme in front of other senior officials during a meeting.

The official was also transferred to a different Ministry.

Later, several other officials had also complained to the Minister, alleging that they were being harassed by Chawdhury, sources said.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) had also condemned the incident, saying it would set a bad precedent if gone unpunished.


First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 00:13

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