Another woman accuses Pachauri of harassment
Ex-TERI employee reveals details of her ordeal; Pachauri denies claims
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”.
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