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Gwalior additional judge alleges sexual harassment by HC judge, quits

Gwalior additional judge alleges sexual harassment by HC judge, quits

New Delhi: An additional district and sessions judge in Gwalior, who was heading the Vishaka committee against sexual harassment, has resigned from judicial service alleging sexual harassment by a Madhya Pradesh high court judge.

The woman judge was posted as additional district and sessions judge in Gwalior in October 2012. In April 2013, she was appointed chairperson of District Vishaka Committee.

She alleged that although her annual confidential report of January 2014 termed her work "excellent and outstanding," the administrative judge from Gwalior bench of Madhya Pradesh HC kept pestering her to visit him in his bungalow alone.

In a complaint to Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and Supreme Court judges Justices H L Dattu, T S Thakur, Anil R Dave, Dipak Misra and Arun Misra, as well as the MP HC chief justice, she said the administrative judge sent her a message through the district registrar to "perform dance on an item song" at a function in his residence. She avoided the function on the pretext of her daughter's birthday.

Responding to her complaint, Justice Lodha said, "This is the only profession where we refer to our colleagues as brothers and sisters. This is unfortunate. I will take appropriate action after the complaint is placed before me."

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