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Karnataka officer accused of sexual advances


Abhir V P,CNN-IBN
Jan 08, 2010 at 10:09am IST

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Bangalore: A Karnataka government officer has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman.

But Nirmala Kumari, who claims that Joint Director of the State Labour Department HS Uthappa kept making sexual advances towards her, is yet to get justice even 18 months after the alleged incident.

She has claims to posses a videotape of the alleged incident.

Incidentally Uthappa was Nirmala's superior when the alleged incident took place.

"I worked under HS Uthappa for 18 months. He was sexually harassing me. I complained to the trade unions about this and they gave me a hidden camera to record all this," says Nirmala.

Nirmala made public the video of Uthappa misbehaving with her in June 2009.

After her formal complaint, an enquiry was ordered and Uthappa suspended. But barely six months later, Uthappa is back at his job. He claims Nirmala was just trying to trap him.

"This is 100 per cent false. This is just to tarnish my image and she is taking revenge on me," says Uthappa.

The enquiry is still not complete. So why was Uthappa reinstated?

Even the women's commission does not seem to be objecting to Uthappa being reinstated.

"It's (enquiry) still going. It may take one more month. The head of the department has taken the decision to take him back," says Pallavi Thimaiah, Acting Director, State Women Commission.

The Ruchika Girhotra molestation case seems to have emboldened many women to come out in the open and seek justice. Just a few days ago CNN-IBN had reported on how another Karnataka official sought sexual favours from a widow.

Clearly, more skeletons are waiting to tumble out of the closet.

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