Zero tolerance against sexual misconduct, domestic violence: Rao

Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 19:55

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao
has written to all heads of missions stating government`s
position of "zero tolerance" for incidents of sexual
misconduct and domestic violence.

The statement comes in the wake of the recent incidents
of two Indian diplomats, Anil Verma and Alok Ranjan Jha, who
were called from the UK and UN respectively, following their
alleged involvement in domestic violence and sexual misconduct
incidents.

Sources said Rao has written to all the heads of Indian
missions, where he has talked about the position of the
ministry, which she said will deal with incidents of sexual
misconduct and domestic violence with zero tolerance and will
take punitive measures against offending officials.

Any incidents of this kind involving any official will
necessitate immediate recall of the officer and his
dependents, Rao said in her message.

While Verma, serving at the Indian mission at London was
recalled after being accused of assaulting his wife, Jha
posted at the Permanent Mission of India at UN, was called
back to headquarters for allegedly misbehaving with a female
co-passenger on a New York-bound Air India flight.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 19:55

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