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CIC ordered NCW to pay a fine of 50,000 to the complainant for shielding the accused of alleged sexual harassment

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Jul 2017 2:33pm

CIC ordered NCW to pay a fine of 50,000 to the complainant for shielding the accused of alleged sexual harassment

The Central Information Commission has charged the fine of 50,000 and issued a notice to NCW (National Commission for Women) in the case of alleged sexual harassment of its ex-employee. The ex-contractual research assistant of NCW was sexually harassed by its Deputy Secretary, the CIC directed to NCW to pay a compensation of 50,000 to the women in next 15 days, also charging a fine of 25,000 on the offender and an ex-CPIO for refusing her access to the information sought under RTI act for over a year.

She also claimed to be thrown out of the office when she raised her voice against sexual harassment. The CIC directed the NCW Chairperson to submit the report filed by the appellant for an allegation of sexual harassment. CIC stated that such crime against an influential employee of the NCW cannot be overlooked which also includes denying of human rights and protecting an accused of a serious crime.

The verdict passed by M Sridhar Acharyulu indicates the role of NCW in this crime as well as the conduct of their internal complaint committee.

This Case revealed the true identity of the Human Rights organization of NCW, who are accountable to protect the rights of women, instead, all the members of the organization united together to hide this sadistic act and denied the human rights under the RTI act for more than 6 months. Due to the absence of complete information like complaint file and other details, it is still tough to determine the losses she suffered by the misconduct of her various former colleagues.

Even after the June 16th order of CIC, NCW is still denying to resume the complete access of information sought by the women who were allegedly harassed. When she asked for her performance report to check if there was any complaint against her performance, which was claimed by the accused, due to which her services in NCW was terminated, still not submitted to CIC.

Similarly, the file which shows the performance and character report of the accused was also not available because both the files are under examination before the Chairperson.

This delay of showing documents clearly indicates the NCW’s intentions of helping the accused to escape the right judgment and shielding him against the allegation of sexual harassment filed by the women, the CIC said. 

Read Judgment Here:

Sexual Harassment   Human Rights organization  

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