Female Educators Accuse Vice Principal of Sexual Harassment; Delhi Government Takes Immediate Action

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Female Educators: The Directorate of Education, Delhi, has taken decisive steps by initiating disciplinary proceedings against a vice principal of a government school in response to multiple complaints of sexual harassment filed by women teachers.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) received numerous complaints accusing the vice principal of the boys’ school located in the Qadipur area of sexual and mental harassment. According to the DCW, the complainants stated that the accused had subjected them to sexual and mental harassment. The teachers had previously filed several complaints against him with higher authorities.

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Following an investigation, the Commission discovered that the Staff Level Grievance Redressal Committee of the school had examined the case and found the allegations against the accused to be true, recommending his transfer or suspension. Additionally, an FIR had been registered against the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code by another woman in 2022.

In response to the DCW’s summons, senior officials from the Directorate of Education appeared before the Commission and confirmed that the vice principal had been transferred from the school. They also stated that the matter had been referred to the Local Complaint Committee of the District under the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013.

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However, DCW Chief Swati Maliwal deemed these actions insufficient and called for stricter measures against the accused individual. Subsequently, the officials informed the Commission that the Director of Education had decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings for a major penalty against the accused, invoking Section 14 of the CCS Conduct Rules 1964.

“Some women teachers of the government school approached the Commission with complaints of sexual and mental harassment by the Vice Principal. The Commission took up the matter with the Directorate of Education and ensured action against the accused person. Sexual harassment at the workplace is a stark reality worldwide,” said Maliwal.

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“It’s unfortunate that even in schools, such incidents occur. Through the efforts of the Commission, the accused person has been transferred out of the school, and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against him. The Commission has a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment and shall stand by the victims in their quest for justice,” she added.

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