Guwahati: The ongoing #MeToo movement took a new turn in Assam on Sunday after a top state police officer, Mukesh Agrawal, was accused of sexual harassment by one of his junior officers. Agrawal is currently serving as the additional director general of police (law and order).
In her Facebook post, Assam Police Service (APS) officer Leena Doley wrote: “I am a survivor of sexual harassment at the workplace.” Doley is currently posted as an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) in Majuli.
“And I'm sure, after my experience, no one else would come out with their stories in government departments. I’m an example. Of defeat,” she added.
Recalling the incident, she further wrote: “In the March of 2012, one of my seniors, Mukesh Agrawal, IPS, IGP (L), Assam, now ADGP (L&O), Assam, Guwahati, offered to take me on a holiday. With him. For the efficient work I had done. I of course refused and took to the natural course of justice. I had no intention of taking a holiday with my boss. And I said so to my organisation boss - the DGP, Assam.”
She further said that she also lodged a written complaint against Agrawal. “Following which, the inquiry officer, Ms. Emily Choudhury, IAS, the then Additional Chief Secretary, Assam, came to my house on the first day itself, the soonest possible, to assure me that it was not because of the complaint that my husband killed himself. I didn't react. I was beyond any reaction. But the enquiry procedures had not started till then. My case was dismissed as one of misunderstanding although the perpetrator himself had admitted to the fact. The perpetrator had asked me to accompany him to a holiday destination without of course telling my husband,” she wrote.
In her Facebook post, Doley also said that the wife of the perpetrator had filed a defamation case against her for allegedly defaming her husband. Doley also filed a revision petition against it in the Gauhati High Court, which she won in the high court.
“I'm now beyond any redemption. I only feel some kind of contentment that the case against me resulted in a judgment that complainants cannot be persecuted upon for filing a case against sexual predators. But I received no justice for the complaint I filed. The personal loss of my husband committing suicide is on a different ground. But I lost my case and my husband and the father of my then two-year-old and six-year-old children. And that is what I remember. That the inquiry committee concluded that it was a misunderstanding even when the perpetrator himself admitted to the fact of the allegation made by me,” she wrote, adding: “I also feel responsible that it is my duty to inform everyone of the fact that as per the Gauhati High Court judgment in the above case, defamation cases against complainants cannot be filed during pendency of the allegation.