Published On: Tue, Aug 4th, 2015

IAS officer shares her ordeal of court proceeding on Facebook

Seoni (MP): A trainee IAS officer, who has filed a case of alleged sexual harassment against an ‘Aayogmitra’ of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission, shared on Facebook the ordeal she went through while recording her statement in a local court.

Trainee IAS officer Riju BafnaPhoto posted on Facebook by Riju Bafna.

Trainee IAS officer Riju Bafna
Photo posted on Facebook by Riju Bafna.

The trainee IAS officer Riju Bafna in her Facebook status posted on Saturday, said, “I am posting this message to share my experience with judiciary on a sexual harassment case filed by me.”

In the post, Bafna alleged, “Santosh Chaubey, Aayogmitra of MP Human Rights Commission was sending me indecent messages last week. I had filed an FIR against him and criminal action is being pursued against him. He was immediately removed from his job, thanks to the swift action by my Collector, Bharat Yadav.”

Bafna had registered an FIR against the accused on July 26, following which her statement was recorded on August 1. The court will forward the statement to police.

Registering her anguish over her ordeal, she said, “I went to give my statement to the Judicial Magistrate. While I was giving my statement, an advocate named Lalit Sharma was standing next, overhearing my statement, along with others in the court.”

“I asked the judicial magistrate to ask others to leave as I was uncomfortable giving my statement in front of so many people. On saying this, Lalit Sharma started shouting at me, saying, ‘How dare you suggest me to leave, I am an advocate here and you might be an officer in your office but not in the Court’,” she further alleged.

“I told him that the privacy I am demanding is not as an IAS officer but as a woman and laws provide me with that. He started arguing and eventually left.”

Inputs with PTI

About the Author