Untold Story of a Sexually Harassed Lady Revenue Inspector and Her saga of Struggle to get Justice
This case was presented in the Public Hearing organised on “Status of Alleged Rape cases and Situation of Rape Victims in Odisha” by Civil Society Groups in Bhubaneswar on 29.12.17, as the victim, a Dalit and Govt. employee presently serving as Revenue Inspector under Gop Tahasil of Puri district had refused to be publicly exposed and present her ordeal. She has run from pillar to post to get justice , but in vain. Her untold story which was presented as one of the seven cases in the Public Hearing is reproduced for reference of the readers seeking their support to give her justice.
The Victim was working as Revenue Inspector in Badas Circle under Kanas Tahasil of Puri district. On 23.3.16, she had gone to Kanas Tahasil for official work. On that day, Sri Umakant Bal, senior clerk used very slang language against her while appraising to Tahasildar about her presence in the office. When she wanted to know about the reason, Sri Bal got enraged and displayed very rude behaviour with casteist remarks against her. She also gave a push on her chest which has been recorded in CCTV camera. She was humiliated and on her way back to home, made a call to Sri Sanjay Pratihari, Tahasilar, Kanas. Tahasildar did not respond. Prior to this incident, Sri Bal and Tahasildar had misbehaved her many times and sexual remarks and compelling her to work in Tahasil office even up to 9 PM with much harassment and humiliation. It is to be mentioned here that since her joining, Sri Bal had been adopting various tricks to get closer and lure her for sexual benefit. He had also advised her to get closer to Tahasildar and could take any benefits from him.
However, after getting humiliated and harassed with sexual remarks, at first she along with her mother went to meet Sri Madhusudan Das , Sub-Collector, Puri and filed complaint against Sri Umakant Bal and Tahasildar. He assured her to solve the matter within 3 days but did not take any steps till 6.4.2016.
On 7.4.16, the Victim personally met the Collector, Puri and filed Complaint seeking an inquiry and quick action against the culprits. On 17.4.2016, she filed complaint to Dr. Sarthak Sarangi, SP, Puri seeking an inquiry and action against perpetrators of crime. Nothing happened. No inquiry conducted. Rather both of them supported to Tahasildar.
25.4.17, she wrote a letter to Chief Minister, Odisha appraising him about details of incident and sexual harassment caused to her and prayed for action against both Tahasildar and Head Clerk. On same day, he filed complaint to Odisha Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Women, New Delhi, State Commission for Women, national Commission for Scheduled Caste and National Human Rights Commission, seeking an inquiry into it.
In the meantime, OHRC has closed the case on the basis of report produced by SP, Puri. NHRC had issued to Human Rights Protection Cell, Cuttack, Govt. of Odisha for inquiry. Though HRPC conducted an inquiry, the inquiry report has not yet been submitted to NHRC, New Delhi.
In the meantime, she had filed RTI to get CD of recording of CCTV Camera which was denied to her. Now she had been transferred to GOP Tahasil, Puri and still struggling to get justice.