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Former DU law dean files police complaint re alleged harassment by former SC judge

An ex-law faculty dean of Delhi University, Prof SN Singh, filed a complaint with Tilak Marg police station on Thursday in respect of the alleged sexual harassment of an intern with a former Supreme Court judge, reported the Times of India today.

In his complaint, according to the paper, he said that in addition to the original allegation, “three other girls were sexually harassed by the same person and four other girls faced harassment from other persons”. He filed under the Indian Penal Code’s section 354:

Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Singh was presumably relying on an interview given by the intern to Legally India on Monday, in which she said that “I’ve heard of three other cases [of sexual harassment] by the same judge and I know of at least four other girls who’ve faced harassment from other judges - not perhaps as [bad as mine]: most of them were in the chambers of the judge and other people around, so it never gets too bad”.

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