In a sensational development, a lady IAS officer in Madhya Pradesh has taken to social media to express her frustration on how she’s been continuously sexually harassed by judiciary in the state.
In her Facebook post, the officer Riju Baffna narrates her ordeal in graphic details.
This is how her Facebook post starts, “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.”
According to Baffna, her ordeal didn’t end there.
She wrote, “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.”
As if this insult wasn’t enough, the judicial magistrate too held the lady officer responsible and blamed her young age for her over sensitivity.
Baffna wrote, “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.”
She ended her post on a desperate note by oraying that “no woman is born in this country” adding that “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.”