When the government is committed to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment across every sector, a senior police officer and in-charge of anti-corruption department, Nagpur, region, was booked for taking sexual advances from his junior young woman colleague.
PR Patil, the superintendent of police of the anti-corruption department of Nagpur region, has been accused of demanding sexual favours by the constable deployed under him. The Nagpur police booked the senior police officer after getting a formal complaint from the 28-year-old young police constable.
Incidentally, Patil is heading a special investigation team probing the multi-crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra. The constable first filed a formal complaint before the state anti-corruption bureau’s special committee against sexual harassment of women at workplace, constituted following the Supreme Court’s Vishakha judgement. The inquiry was conducted under the supervision of a woman officer based in Mumbai.
After Patil was found guilty in the inquiry, the decision was taken to register an offence following the final directions issued by the ACB’s state in-charge director general of police Sanjay Barve.
The constable said in her complaint that she was being targeted since August last year after Patil took charge of the department. The harassment, she said in her complaint, continued till October 12 this year prompting her to lodge the complaint. It was said that Patil often made highly objectionable comments and suggestive remarks and invited her time and again to his bungalow, rest house and hotels.
The act of Patil is a shame for the entire police department that considers as protector of the society. It’s a good thing that the supreme authority of the ACB intervened into the matter after getting the complaint from the lady constable and subsequently the senior officer was booked.
When we talk about women empowerment, it should not be only confined with “lip service.” If superior officers treat women in this manner, its shame for everyone.
Sexual advances create a hostile work environment filled with tension, frustration, embarrassment, and many other consequences, and yet this problem seems to be all-too-common in workplaces around the country. In fact, it seems like the news is dominated with headlines of unwanted sexual advances, harassment, and improper conduct from prominent figures.
All sensible people, particularly the male folk at the workplace should raise their voice against such actions so that a safe, conducive and cordial atmosphere can be created at workplace across every sector in the country.