IAS Officer Riju Bafna faced unappropriate treatment during judicial proceeding on sexual harassment case


IAS Officer Riju Bafna has reportedly faced unappropriate treatment by the court and prosecutor during the judicial proceeding against the Santosh Chaubey, Aayogmitra of MP Human Rights Commission; According to her statement on Facebook Post.

According to her statement minal action is being pursued against him and FIR has also lodged against him for this case. See the post of Women IAS Officer against the unfair treatment in the judicial proceeding of a case. She had also met President Pranab Mukherjee in recent days.

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Hi everyone. I am posting this message to share my experience with judiciary on a sexual harassment case filed by me.

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, Shri Bharat Yadav.

Today, 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”. 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.

Such is the state of affairs for women in this country. When I said to Judicial Magistrate that he should be careful of presence of other people when a woman is giving statement under sexual harassment case, he said that you are young and that’s why demanding such things.

Oh lord! I can only pray that no woman is born in this country. Idiots are lined up at every step and people are highly insensitive towards our sufferings. If you are born in this country, better prepare yourself for struggle at every step or die within every day.


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