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Sexual harassment: MSEDCL staffer files plaint against boss

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 8:51am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Accused junior engineer would touch her inappropriately; family demands action

Pune: A 31-year-old woman, working with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), has filed a complaint against her immediate boss for alleged sexual harassment at workplace. The Chaturshringi police have booked the accused, identified as D N Babar, junior engineer at MSEDCL, under 354 (molestation) of IPC. However, the suspect is yet to be arrested. 
As per the cops, Babar used to harass the woman by calling her in his cabin in order to discuss the office related work and used to touch her inappropriately. 
The complainant, who was fed up of regular harassment, then approached the senior officials of the MSEDCL and lodged a complaint, however, during the inquiry, her colleagues did not say anything against Babar fearing that that their jobs will be jeopardized. 
“Since, no one came forward to help my sister in the office, no serious action was sought against Babar,” said brother of the victim. 
He said that after this episode, Babar kept on harassing her physically and mentally. “My sister’s mental condition started deteriorating and she could not able to concentrate on the work,” he said. 
The family of the victim even demanded that Babar should be transferred to other office, however no action was sought, which prompted the victim to approach the cops and register the complaint. 
“We have lodged a complaint against Babar and we are investigating the case further,” said PSI Patil, who is investigating the case. 

Seminar on Women's safety at work place
In the backdrop of a complaint by woman employee of verbal abuse and harassment from a senior for refusing to attend a farewell party, Pune Regional Transport Officer (RTO), arranged a seminar on safety for women employees at work place on Monday.

More than 50 women employees participated in the seminar that was to discuss Vishakha guidelubes and women's rights besides the things that supervisors need to do to ensure protection of women workers of the organisation.

President of Women Redressal Forum Pune RTO, Sharda Wadekar that women need to speak up and not hide such situations. needed Advocate Lata Sonawane, said, "workplace stress and violence against women is not a personal problem and the institution private or public sector should take the responsibility of safeguarding her interests."

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