Panchayat secretary accuses BDO of sexual harassment in Himachal Pradesh

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The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, June 7

A 35-year-old Secretary Panchayat in Himachal Pradesh filed a sexual harassment complaint against her immediate boss, the Block Development Officer, Baijnath. As per the reports, she alleged that the BDO harassed her and called her for flimsy explanations.

A police officer reportedly said that she was taken to the Judicial Magistrate for the recording of her statement under sections 164 of the CrPC and she repeated her allegations before the judge.

The woman also said that she had met the local MLA and complained against the BDO. But she was pressurized to compromise with the BDO and forget the past. She had no choice but to approach the police.

However, the Baijnath BDO reportedly denied the allegations. He said that he was asking for explanations as she remained absent from duty many times. He said that she never visited his office and there was no issue of sexual harassment.