Bangalore: One of India's premier B-schools, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore is facing a moral crisis with allegations of sexual harassment being levelled against one of its senior officers. IIM-B officials, though, remain non-committal saying an enquiry is on.
A doctor, who had previously worked with the Army, regrets her decision to have joined the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. The medical officer at India's premier B-school has accused the chief administrative officer of sexual harassment. She also claims that the director didn't act upon her complaints.
"Although the director pacified me, no action was taken against the CAO. On the other hand, the CAO started work-related harassment because I was not responding to his overtures. This got worse when he got to know that I had complained against him," the victim said.
Although an enquiry was finally ordered, the medical officer alleges she was sacked from her job early in 2012. Despite the IIM's gender sensitivity committee having submitted a report five months back, there was no action. When she filed an RTI for a copy of the report, she was asked to contact the very officer against whom she had complained.
IIM officials say the probe is not yet completed and that it is still under process, so it's too premature to talk about the case. On Thursday, Bangalore's women's organisations staged protests, demanding quick action even as a notice by the National Women's Commission remains unattended to.
Women's rights activist Donna Fernandes said, "They have no moral right to call themselves a management institute. It is all mismanagement. Sexual harassment amounts to malpractice and it's the director's responsibility to give a safe work place to women." Even as this woman waits for closure, it's certain that collective outrage will grow if IIM-B doesn't share the report soon.