Should information about sexual harassment enquiry be provided?
The chief administrative officer (CAO) of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) has been accused by a lady medical officer (whose name has been withheld) of sexual harassment. The lady was working on a temporary basis as the medical officer of IIM-B and was kept on probation under the CAO. She had verbally complained to IIMB's Gender Sensitive Committee (GSC) about his sexual advancement towards herself and then in July, 2011 lodged a written complaint against him.
But even before the investigations could be completed, the services of the complainant were terminated on 31st January, 2012. It has been alleged that even after more than a year of the written complaint, IIM-B has declined to reply to many applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking the details of the investigations contending that the enquiry is still going on.