AIDWA Calls for Suspending Trichy ACP Facing Sexual Harassment Charge

Office-bearers of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) impressed upon the State police top brass.

Published: 19th December 2015 04:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2015 04:42 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Office-bearers of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) impressed upon the State police top brass to suspend an Assistant Commissioner of Police who was shifted out of Trichy following a sexual harassment plaint lodged against him by his subordinate, on Friday.

A petition to this effect was submitted with Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) JK Tripathy by AIDWA State president S Valentina and State general secretary P Suganthi.

The cop was accused of sending inappropriate text messages filled with sexual innuendos for the past few weeks besides having a lewd conversations with the woman cop.

The ACP, Venkatraman, was shifted to Kanyakumari district based on a complaint lodged by the woman police official serving in Trichy. However, AIDWA among other women outfits call it as a mere executive order which could not be deemed as a penal action. Further, the ACP, who has to protect women has become a perpetrator in this incident while the victim is not safe at the workplace, AIDWA asserted in its petition. AIDWA also charged the top brass of Trichy City Police with aiding the ACP to cover up his tracks.

Speaking to Express, Suganthi said Tripathy gave a patient hearing and informed that the matter was being looked into. “He said the transfer was necessitated so that he doesn’t interfere with the progress of the inquiry into the sexual allegation plaint,” she said.

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