Woman lawyer charges senior advocate of making advances

Another woman lawyer has come with a charge against an unnamed senior advocate of making advances which were "in the nature of sexual interest".

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 18, 2013, 21:38 PM IST

New Delhi: A week after two interns levelled allegations of sexual harassment against a recently retired Supreme Court judge, another woman lawyer has come with a charge against an unnamed senior advocate of making advances which were "in the nature of an obsessive romantic and sexual interest".

The lawyer, who has ceased to assist the senior advocate, today wrote about her experience on website `Legally India` which had brought into public domain the allegations of the two interns that they faced sexual harassment by the judge.

The woman also said she does not want that what she is writing should become a legal complaint as she has no intention of pursuing it.

"I don`t want this to become a legal complaint, and I have no intention of pursuing this. It`s just that I did not have the courage to rock the boat earlier, but someone else has done it now and I felt the least I could do was add to her and so many others` efforts," she said.

"I wanted to write some of these things at different times since it happened, and always shied away. I was far less confident about my place in the legal profession, and was told it would be impossible to prove, that no one would want to take a chance on hiring me, that I would forever be known for this instead of for my work.

"This may still be true but I care a little less, have a little more faith, and so when Legally India asked me to write about it at a time when people are receptive to listening and doing something about these issues, I decided to do it," she wrote.

She said she had once assisted a very senior lawyer whose advances towards her continued for quite some time after her assistance ceased.

"The advances were not physical; it was more in the nature of an obsessive romantic and sexual interest, starting with inappropriately timed phone calls to flowers, dinner invitations, and then sexually explicit email forwards and SMS jokes to more explicit expressions.

"This wasn`t courtship, it was pursuit by a man old enough to be my father, who knew perfectly well how difficult it would be for me to reject him," the website quoted her as writing.