FIR lodged against MVD Insp, TC orders inquiry

EJAC for action in sexual harassment case

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 18: While Gandhinagar Police has registered a case with the intervention of court against an Inspector of Motor Vehicle Department Jammu in a sexual harassment of a female employee of the office of Assistant Regional Transport Office (ARTO-BOI), Jammu, the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) has warned agitation as the RTO Jammu and Transport Commissioner, J&K have failed to take action against the MVD Inspector.
Official sources said that a female employee working as Senior Assistant in the office of ARTO Jammu, lodged complaint against Insp Chander Mohan Sharma for her sexual harassment on May 9, 2019. The ARTO forwarded the same to RTO Jammu and after a lapse of over one month, the RTO forwarded the same on June 14, 2019 to the Transport Commissioner. In between, the pressure was exerted on the victim, lady staff member to withdraw her complaint and she was then attached to the office of Transport Commissioner. Instead of taking any action against accused officer, she was allegedly put to harassment in the office.
As there was no action from the department side, then she lodged an FIR No. 154/ 2019 against the accused officer at Gandhinagar Police Station that also with the intervention of court. But police has also failed to take any action against the said accused officer so far.
ARTO (BOI), Showkat Majid Bhat, in whose office this woman employee was posted, when contacted admitted that he received complaint from the victim on May 9 and forwarded it to the Regional Transport Officer, Jammu Dhanentar Singh the next day. RTO Jammu, however, claimed that since Transport Commissioner is the HOD of MVD, therefore, he forwarded the same to his office.
RTO further said, that he was not aware of the transfer of the victim from that office but the Inspector against whom the complaint was lodged was still working at the same place. He, however, disclosed that Transport Commissioner, SP Vaid has constituted a four- member committee which is investigating the matter.
Meanwhile, EJAC in an emergency meeting held here today under the leadership, Babu Hussain Malik alleged that neither Police, nor Transport Commissioner has taken any action against the accused officer, rather Inspector was being shielded by some senior officers. He warned to launch agitation and conduct Gherao of RTO office Jammu and Gandhinagar Police Station if the action is not taken against the accused. EJAC sought intervention of Governor Satya Pal Malik and Chief Justice of J&K High Court Gita Mittal into the matter.