Gwalior woman additional judge resigns after sexually harassed by MP HC judge

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Gwalior, August 4: In a shocking incident, a woman additional district and sessions judge in Gwalior had to resign after she was allegedly sexually harassed by the sitting Madhya Pradesh High Court judge.

The shocking revelation was reported by the TOI when it came to light that the 'harassed' judge was herself the chairperson of District Vishaka Committee, formed to take up cases of sexual harassment against women.

Told to dance on an item song and visit his bungalow alone

In her complaint to the Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and Supreme Court judges and MP HC chief justice, the woman judge has alleged that the administrative judge from Gwalior bench of Madhya Pradesh high court wanted her to visit his bungalow alone.

The judge also sent her a message through the district registrar to "perform dance on an item song" at a function in his residence, but she cited the reason of her daughter's birthday in an attempt to avoid going to his residence.

The administrative judge also told her that "he missed the opportunity of viewing a sexy and beautiful figure dancing on the floor and that he is desperate to see the same".

She alleged that the judge got angry and agitated when she ignored his advances and then he put under intense scrutiny.

Judge told her to "perform dance on an item song" at a function in his residence

Transferred for not fulfilling his aspirations

On June 22, she decided to take her husband to the administrative judge, but he was 'irritated' to see her along with with her husband and told her to meet him after 15 days, but within two weeks, she was transferred to a remote place, Sidhi on July 8.

Then, she requested the administrative judge to extend her transfer for 8 months, so that her daughter, who is in Class 12th, to complete her academic session.

Then, the judge allegedly told her that "she faced this mid-academic session transfer to Sidhi for not fulfilling his aspirations and for not visiting his bungalow alone even once".

Threatened to spoil her career completely

She also alleged that he threatened her that "he will spoil her career completely and make sure that she faces ruinous prospects all her life."

After tired of bearing his behaviour, she finally had to resign on July 15 in "humiliating and disgraceful circumstances to save her dignity, womanhood, self-esteem and career of her daughter."

In her complaint to the CJI, she mentioned, "What system are we following and leading this democracy to? If this is how a mother, sister and wife can be treated, who is herself no less than a judicial officer duty-bound to protect society and law, what constitutional goals are we serving?"

CJI steps in

Meanwhile, the CJI Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha told TOI, "This is the only profession where we refer to our colleagues as brothers and sisters. This is unfortunate. I will take appropriate action after the complaint is placed before me."

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