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Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at www.hindu.com on 07 April 2009 New Delhi (PTI): Sexual harassment amounts to human rights violation and no organisation, including RAW, should be exempted from the purview of RTI Act in such cases, the CIC has said. While hearing the plea of a women RAW officer, the Central Information Commission held, "... this entire application centres on allegations of sexual harassment which is a material basis for allegations of human rights violation. We have also on earlier occasion also held that overt gender discrimination amounts to violation of human rights." Although the commission dismissed the plea of Nisha Priya Bhatia, a RAW officer who had demanded information under RTI Act on her complaint regarding allegations of sexual exploitation by seniors on technical grounds, it advised her to move a fresh application seeking information which was denied by the agency. "It will be open to Nisha Bhatia to move a fresh application before the RAW seeking information on the matters which she has now sought at the level of second appeal. Her right to so move an application notwithstanding the listing of RAW in the second schedule is upheld in light of proviso to sec 24 (1)..." Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah held. Source: The Hindu News Update Service
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Feb 20, 2011 NEW DELHI: More than 30 personnel, from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police to constable, were booked by Delhi Police on sexual harassment charges in the past three years. The alleged offences committed by personnel of one of the most elite forces of the country include molestation, rape with minors, beating up women, forcefully developing illicit relationship on fake identities, writing a letter using indecent and objectionable language and dowry harassment. Exercising his Right to Information, Ashwini Shrivastava sought information on cases of sexual harassment against Delhi Police personnel registered between 2007 and September 2010. According to the information received in response to his query, such cases were registered against 33 Delhi Police officers during that period. Some of the cases registered by it are still under investigation, while in some cases the policemen are facing departmental action. In a few cases, the officers were either terminated from the service or exonerated by the court. A complaint by Assistant Sub-Inspector Sarabjeet Kaur, working with 4th battalion Delhi Armed Police (now 1st Battalion) against ACP Balvir Singh on June 17, 2009, is being dealt with by police headquarters, the RTI reply said. In one of the three FIRs filed in Outer District in 2009, a constable, Rohtash, was accused of developing "illicit relations" with a woman and also "harassing" her. The case was registered on April 13 and a departmental inquiry was initiated against him on July 23 last year, it said. During the same year, constable Somdev allegedly "made sexual relations with a lady on false promise of marriage and concealed his real identity... A departmental enquiry has been initiated against him," the RTI reply said. The DE was also initiated against a Sub-Inspector, Brahm Singh, on the basis of a case registered by Khajuri Khas police station on February 2 last year for allegedly molesting a woman while both were travelling in an autorickshaw, it said. In West District, SI Mukesh Kumar was accused of molesting a woman ASI. "Besides registering the case (August 2, 2010 in Rajouri Garden police station) against him, he was placed under suspension and a DE has been initiated against him which is pending enquiry," the response said.
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at www.hindu.com on 9 April 2009 New Delhi (PTI): The Central Information Commission has refused to permit disclosure of the court of inquiry report in a case pertaining to the sexual harassment of a woman Army officer by her superior as it would compromise with the privacy of the victim. The report, which found former Maj Gen A K Lal guilty of sexually harassing Captain Neha Rawat posted under his command in Ladakh, was demanded by his wife Akansha Lal under the RTI Act. Upholding the reply given by Army in this regard, Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra said, "the disclosure of this report and placing in public domain can seriously harm the reputation of other individuals including lady officers of Army...". Much of this information is personal in nature having "little ostensible relationship" with any public interest or activity," Mr. Mishra said. "The Right to Information Act exempts such information from disclosure except if such disclosure would serve a larger public interest," he said while hearing the plea of Ms Lal. The former Army Major General was sacked last year after an Army's General Court Martial found him guilty of molesting the woman officer. Ms. Lal was posted at 3 Infantry Division in Leh in 2007 when Capt. Rawat accused him of molesting her under the pretext of conducting meditation classes at his home. Source: The Hindu News Update Service