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AIR official accused of sexual harassment by nine women, found guilty

The disciplinary authority accepted the recommendations and the authority imposed a major penalty of reduction to a lower pay scale by two stages for one year and no increment during the reduction period

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 8 Dec 2018 5:12 AM GMT

AIR official accused of sexual harassment by nine women, found guilty
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New Delhi: An All India Radio (AIR) official accused of sexual harassment by nine women employees has been demoted from his position after he was found guilty, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said on Friday.

The NCW also informed media that he was not only relegated from his post but also facing many other penalties like salary cuts and no increment during the reduction period.

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"The disciplinary authority accepted the recommendations and the authority imposed a major penalty of reduction to a lower pay scale by two stages for one year and no increment during the reduction period," the NCW said.

"After the expiration of one year, the reduction period will have effects on subsequent increments. The accused was also transferred as an administrative measure," the Commission said.

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It is to be mentioned that the NCW wrote a letter addressed to the Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, and CEO, Prasar Bharati, last month where it asked to conduct an inquiry into the complaints. The Commission asked for an inquiry after it received a formal complaint from All India Radio officials, Casual Announcer and Comperes Union alleging sexual harassment at workplace.

Though the Prasar Bharati has taken some serious measures to the NCW letter and to prevent such mishappening it will install CCTV cameras at vantage points, post women Programme Executives as station In-Charge, and provide transport facility to women employees during odd hours.

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According to the NCW, the Prasar Bharati Secretariat has asked its centres to send quarterly progress reports in respect of sexual harassment complaints being inquired into by the respective internal committees.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Nov 9, wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to ensure that a "sensitive and fair system" is put in place at the state-owned AIR to address the sexual harassment complaints.

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