New Delhi, Apr 25, 2019: Over 250 women, including lawyers, activists, social workers and academics, have written a letter to the Supreme Court judges seeking a fair and impartial enquiry into the allegation of sexual harassment against CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
Seeking constitution of a special enquiry committee to probe the matter, they sought that the “CJI should refrain from transacting official duties and responsibilities until the completion of the enquiry”.
They demanded that the enquiry take place in accordance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.
They said Justice S A Bobde, the second senior-most judge in the SC, had been asked by the CJI to appoint an in-house committee to enquire into the allegation. “Justice Bobde has appointed a committee with himself as chair and Justices N V Ramana and Indira Banerjee as members. The constitution of this committee with no external member is in complete violation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013,” the women said in their letter.
The signatories include advocate Flavia Agnes, Kalyani Menon-Sen of Feminist Learning Partnerships, Masooma Ranalvi of We SpeakOut, educator Lalita Ramdas, Labia from Queer Feminist LBT Collective-Mumbai, historian Uma Chakravarti, Nandita Shah of Akshara-Mumbai, Dr Rukmini Rao of Gramya Resource Centre for Women-Hyderabad and women associated with Bebaak Collective, Forum Against Oppression of Women-Mumbai, Research Centre for Women’s Studies.
Courtesy: Time of India