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  Metros   Mumbai  08 May 2018  BMC suspends official for sexual harassment

BMC suspends official for sexual harassment

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : May 8, 2018, 2:00 am IST
Updated : May 8, 2018, 2:00 am IST

The Vishakha guidelines are a set of procedural guidelines for use in cases of sexual harassment.

A woman employee in Mr Yawalkar’s department filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him at the Shivaji Park police station.  (Represntative Image)
 A woman employee in Mr Yawalkar’s department filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him at the Shivaji Park police station. (Represntative Image)

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has suspended a civic official from the chief auditor’s department over accusations that he sexually harassed a woman employee at his office.

The woman filed a complaint against him at the Shivaji Park police station. According to civic officials, Kishor Yawalkar, who was working as a junior assistant auditor in the municipal chief auditor’s department at KEM Hospital, stands suspended from municipal services from April 24 this year.

 

A woman employee in Mr Yawalkar’s department filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him at the Shivaji Park police station. Since it is a non-bailable offence, he was arrested on April 18, although he was granted bail the next day.

A senior civic official said, “The Shivaji Park police is investigating the case. However, according to the Mumbai Municipal (Service) Act 1989 amended rule no 80(1) C, he needs to be suspended from municipal services till the police investigation, judicial probe and departmental inquiry is completed.”

The rule has the provision that the municipal employee undergoing investigation, inquiry and judicial inquiry in relation to a criminal offence, can be suspended.

 

Hence, Mr Yawalkar has been suspended from municipal services from April 24. The proposal has been tabled before the civic standing committee for its approval. Suresh Bansode, municipal chief auditor, said, “We are also planning to refer the case to the Vishaka guidelines against sexual harassment at the workplace.”

The Vishakha guidelines are a set of procedural guidelines for use in cases of sexual harassment.

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