Guwahati: A top Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer has been accused of sexual harassment by a junior lady police officer, according to a report in the North East Now.
Majuli (HQ) ASP Leena Doley Sunday accused ADGP (L&O) Mukesh Agrawal of sexually harassing her at workplace in her Facebook post and added that she didn’t get justice till date.
According to the post, she had been subject to sexual harassment at workplace in 2012 by Agrawal, who was then posted as IGP (Logistic).
“I am a survivor of sexual harassment at the workplace. In the March of 2012, one of my seniors, Mukesh Agrawal, IPS, IGP (L), Assam, now ADGP (L&O), Assam, Guwahati, offered to take me on a holiday with him for the efficient work I had done. I of course refused and took to the natural course of justice. I had no intention of taking a holiday with my boss. And I said so to my organisation boss – the DGP, Assam,” she said in the Facebook post.
“Anyway, a lot transpired after that – my written complaint against Mukesh Agrawal, IPS, IGP (L), Assam, now ADGP (L&O), Assam, Guwahati.
“To cut a long story short, my husband committed suicide after around six months of submitting my complaint against Mukesh Agrawal,” she said in the Facebook post without interruption.
“ The Enquiry Officer, Emily Choudhury, IAS, the then Additional Chief Secretary, Assam, came to my house on the first day itself, the soonest possible, to assure me that it was not because of the complaint that my husband killed himself. I didn’t react. I was beyond any reaction. But the enquiry procedures had not started till then,” Doley described in her Facebook post.
“My case was dismissed as one of misunderstanding although the perpetrator himself had admitted to the fact that the perpetrator had asked me to accompany him to a holiday destination without of course telling my husband,” Doley claimed in her post.
“Also, the wife of the perpetrator had filed a defamation case against me for supposedly defaming her husband. I filed a revision petition against it in the Gauhati High Court. I won the case in the High Court.
I’m now beyond any redemption. I only feel some kind of contentment that the case against me resulted in a judgement that complainants cannot be persecuted upon for filing a case against sexual predators,” Doley said in the post.
“The enquiry committee concluded that it was a misunderstanding even when the perpetrator himself admitted to the fact of the allegation made by me,” Doley shocked.
Doley said in her Facebook post that she was prompted to share her story after #MeToo movement gained momentum. however, her husband committed suicide on a different ground.
“And I’m sure, after my experience, no one else would come out with their stories in government departments. I’m an example of defeat. But still, for all of us, who have stood against it, strength to us!!#MeToo,” Doly mentioned in her post with hope.