Sharing a traumatic experience in appearing before a court to record her statement, in an alleged sexual harassment complaint, a trainee IAS officer, Riju Bafna, said, “so called ‘officer of the court’ are more keen to teach me my place as a woman than to help me assert my rights and get justice.” Bafna has allegedly faced sexual harassment by a Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission official.
Bafna writes, “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.”
“While I was giving my statement, an advocate named Lalit Sharma was standing next to me, 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,” she posted on Facebook.
“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.” she posted.
“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 writes.
Bafna, however, appreciates the swift action of her collector, Shri Bharat Yadav. She had filed an FIR against Santosh Chaubey, Aayogmitra of MP Human Rights Commision for sending her indecent messages, following which, he was immediately removed from his job.