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Congress, JD-U slam Madhya Pradesh HC judge for sexually harassing female colleague

Monday, 4 August 2014 - 3:00pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: ANI

Leaders from the Congress and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) have condemned the incident of a female judge in Gwalior being sexually harassed by a Madhya Pradesh High Court judge, and also called for removal of the male judge of the High Court if allegations against him were proven correct.

Reacting on this incident, Congress leader Shobha Oza told ANI, "It so unfortunate that a judge who has headed herself the Vishakha committee, which is such a good recommendation followed by most of the organizations to curb women atrocities has herself been trapped in women atrocity by a judge, which is a very very serious issue. The judge should be immediately removed from his post once the allegations are found out true. This should prove as a deterrent. It is high time that people who are in position be it police, judges or politicians, involved in women atrocities are strongly dealt with, that a clear message goes down the lane that women atrocities would not be tolerated."

Meanwhile, Janata Dal United Leader, K.C Tyagi said. "I condemn the statement of the judge against the female judge. After December 16 incident gangrape, people have become more fearless." Media reports indicate that the female judge who held the position of Gwalior Additional Sessions Judge resigned on July 15, accusing a Madhya Pradesh High Court judge of sexual harassment.

The Additional Sessions Judge has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India complaining that her administrative judge kept pestering her to visit him at his bungalow alone. The Chief Justice of India has assured action once he receives the complaint. She also alleged that he sent her a message through the district registrar to 'perform a dance on an item song'. She said that she was transferred when she resisted his advances. Incidentally, the lady judge is the head of the Vishakha committee against sexual harassment at the court. 

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