NEW DELHI: A blog post by a young woman lawyer has stirred up quite a controversy.
In the blog post, the young lawyer has alleged that she was sexually harassed by a former Supreme Court judge, under whom she was interning.
A graduate from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, she accused the judge, old enough to be her grandfather, of sexually assaulting her in a Delhi hotel room.
She wrote on the blog:
'In Delhi at that time, interning during the winter vacations of my final year in University, I dodged police barricades and fatigue to go to the assistance of a highly reputed, recently retired Supreme Court judge whom I was working under during my penultimate semester. For my supposed diligence, I was rewarded with sexual assault (not physically injurious, but nevertheless violating) from a man old enough to be my grandfather. I won’t go into the gory details, but suffice it to say that long after I’d left the room, the memory remained, in fact, still remains, with me.'
The lawyer says the reason for not going public with the name of the judge or not lodging a formal complaint was complex, and had more to do with her own 'cowardice' more than anything else. But she wrote on her blog:
'I bore, and still bear, no real ill-will towards the man, and had no desire to put his life’s work and reputation in question. On the other hand, I felt I had a responsibility to ensure that other young girls were not put in a similar situation. But I have been unable to find a solution that allows that.'
Read the entire blog here
The Supreme Court today formed a committee of three judges to inquire into the allegations of sexual harassment.
In an interview to Legally India, the lady lawyer says that she was shocked as she did not expect a person who is a Supreme Court judge to harass somebody.
She also said that her experience was not uncommon as she heard of at least three other cases of harassment by the same judge.
In the interview, she also said that in the six months that she worked with the judge, he treated her kindly but says that she hasn't forgiven him.
She also revealed that she managed to reach out two girls who were harassed by the same judge, but neither of them were willing to come forward as it would jeopardise their career.
She said that if she wanted to take legal action against the judge it would not have been possible as there were no other witnesses in the room.
Read the full interview here