DCW orders FIR against police officer in harassment case

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday asked the Delhi Police to file an FIR against a police officer for alleged harassment of 24 policewomen.

In a notice issued to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma, DCW chief Swati Maliwal said that disciplinary action should be taken against the officer, if found guilty.

She also asked Verma to reconstitute Internal Complaints Committee at the Police Headquarter level in accordance with the provisions of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013.

“…the Commission has learnt that the Internal Complaints Committees have not been constituted in accordance to the provisions of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013, as they do not consist of a minimum of four members and an external member,” the notice said.

According to the notice, 24 policewomen raised “serious allegations” against Inspector S.B. Yadav.

“However, the response of the establishment on the complaint is not satisfactory for no FIR has been registered against the accused till date,” the notice said.

It added that one of the complainants has informed the Commission that the accused has not been shifted out of the unit despite the same having been ordered by the Delhi Police.

“Also, the complainant has stated that she along with other female staff who had complained against the accused have instead been transferred out of the unit,” it said.

Maliwal, in the notice, asked the Police Commissioner to revoke the transfer orders of the complainants.

–IANS

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