An­other woman ac­cuses Pachauri of ha­rass­ment

Ex-TERI em­ployee re­veals de­tails of her or­deal; Pachauri de­nies claims

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Avan­tika Me­hta avan­­hta@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: An­other for mer em­ployee of The En­ergy and Re­search I nsti­tute ( TERI) ac­cused its ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man RK Pachauri on Wed­nes­day of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing her and other women in her pres­ence, al­leg­ing that po­lice did not take ac­tion on her com­plaint.

The woman who quit the in­sti­tute in 2003 be­cause of Pachauri’s al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment lodged a com­plaint with Delhi po­lice through her lawyer Vrinda Grover, say­ing she got courage from the case filed by a 29-yearold woman re­searcher on sim­i­lar charges. She al­leged that po­lice re­fused to co­op­er­ate in get­ting a case reg­is­tered against Pachauri.

DCP South Prem Nath hit back, say­ing Grover re­fused to pro­vide de­tails for po­lice to record her state­ment. “We told the lawyer [ Grover] that the po­lice will thor­oughly ex­am­ine the com­plaint and reg­is­ter a case and that the women who have faced sim­i­lar sex­ual ha­rass­ment at TERI should come and give their state­ment but she re­fused to di­vulge any de­tails about the vic­tim... Who will the po­lice take ac­tion against if the com­plainant is not com­ing for­ward to give a com­plaint?” Prem Nath said.

In a state­ment is­sued through her lawyers, ad­vo­cate Grover and Ratna App­nen­der, on Wed­nes­day re­it­er­at­ing the charge first made about a year ago, the woman pro­vided de­tails of her com­plaint.

TERI did not re­spond to a ques­tion­naire from HT.

In her five-page state­ment, the woman who worked at TERI for a year de­tailed the ha­rass­ment she was al­legedly sub­jected to. “Soon af­ter I joined TERI and be­gan in­ter­act­ing with Mr. R.K. Pachauri, he had re­named me with a sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive nick­name “xxxx”. He said that this was a de­riv­a­tive of my of­fi­cial name and suited me far bet­ter. I re­call that he said things like xxxx is sweet, and also how at­trac­tive flow­ers at­tract bees etc,” the state­ment said.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, she de­scribed how the 75- year- old Pachauri called her to his of­fice and told her “he could lift hefty and heavy women, and so lift­ing me would not be a prob­lem for him”.



Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.