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Goa to assess IFFI report on sexual harassment

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 9:13am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

The Goa Police will be examining the two-page report submitted by the Director of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Shankar Mohan, regarding the allegation of sexual harassment of a student by a senior Information and Broadcasting Ministry official at IFFI.

Even though the report submitted by Mohan to Goa State Human Rights Commission claimed that the allegation of the victim could not be conclusively proved, the police are trying to get in touch with the victim independently. The 25-year-old woman, a student at Jawahar Lal Nehru University in Delhi, was at the IFFI venue on an assignment to assist the Soul of Asia and World Cinema sections. The SHRC is likely to take further action on the report in January, 2014.

“We came to know about the case through media. And the IFFI has also submitted the report to commission. We will like to examine the report and are trying to contact the victim as well,” deputy inspector general of police (Goa) OP Mishra, told dna.

According to the complaint filed by the victim, the senior I&B indirectly asked her for sexual favors on the night of November 16. The incident reportedly took place at a building allotted to the Directorate of Film Festival on the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) campus in Panaji.

“We have received the report and after going through it, we would be taking the necessary action. We would be deliberating on this report in January,” member of the Goa SHRC A D Salkar
told dna.

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