Rights activists accused the police of booking cases of cheating against a woman Assistant Sub-Inspector, who had accused her superior, Assistant Commissioner of Police T.R. Jagannath, of sexually and mentally harassing her. They said old cases were being revived to prevent her from deposing before the inquiry committee set up to probe her allegation.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Convenor of Forum Against Atrocities on Women Vidya Dinker said the Mangalore Rural police have revived an old case of cheating investors in a scheme operated by the officer’s husband.

The case had been closed for lack of evidence. The Kavoor police have taken a new complaint, and registered a case of cheating against the officer and her husband on Thursday.

Ms. Dinker accused Mr. Jagannath of foisting these cases against the woman officer. “Senior police officers were trying to protect Mr. Jagannath,” Ms. Dinker alleged. Obstacles were being placed to deny the woman officer an anticipatory bail. These things were happing before the nine-member committee began its inquiry.

Writer Sara Aboobacker said it was disgusting that the woman officer was being victimised for the actions of her husband. “How can an officer be blamed for actions of her husband.”

Appreciating the boldness of the woman officer to come out in open about the sexual harassment, Ms. Aboobacker said largely women harm themselves and they do not speak out against harassment at workplaces. “We do not want any woman officer to undergo such harassment.”

The officer on May 23 accused Mr. Jagannath of denying leave and harassing her mentally and sexually. Police Commissioner Manish Kharbikar ordered a nine-member probe committee, headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Kavita B.T.

‘Suspend Jagannath’

Secretary of Dakshina Kannada unit of Democratic Youth Federation of India Muneer Katipalla said the committee was yet to start working though the complaint was filed more than a week ago.

The State government had to intervene and ensure justice was done to the woman officer. Mr. Katipalla said there were many allegations of harassment in the past against Mr. Jagannath. A complaint needed to be registered against Mr. Jagannath and he should be kept under suspension.

Senior officers are reviving old cases against the ASI to protect Mr. Jagannath

Vidya Dinker

Forum Against Atrocities on Women

It’s disgusting that the woman officer is being victimised for the actions of her husband.

Sara Aboobacker


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