IISc. housekeeping staff alleges sexual harassment

Files complaint with the police against a clerk

A 37-year-old woman contracted to the housekeeping staff at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has filed a sexual harassment case against a clerk who she alleged threatened to terminate her employment when she complained of his inappropriate behaviour.

In her complaint, the woman said that the clerk took her to a washroom under the pretext of assigning her some cleaning work and attempted to assault her. The woman fought back and warned him to stay away from her. Enraged, he allegedly started harassing her by giving her menial work such as cleaning the dry well, desilting drains and removing piles of rusted iron rods.

“She alleged that he prevented her from eating food on the premises claiming that she is from a lower caste,” said the police.

When the woman objected to his behaviour, he threatened to complain to the agency which had deputed her to IISc. Unable to bear the alleged torture, she approached the Sadashiva Nagar police, who have registered a case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and also under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

No arrest has been made so far.

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Printable version | Apr 10, 2020 9:01:21 AM |

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