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Jail official grilled in sexual harassment case

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MYSORE, DEC. 3 . A team of senior officials from the Department of Home, accompanied by State Women's Commission representatives, held a departmental inquiry on Thursday into the alleged sexual harassment of a woman clerk in Mysore jail by her superior officer.

The inquiry committee is understood to have grilled the officer and recorded the statement of the woman during its visit to the Prison Training Centre. Security arrangements were tight at the centre and journalists were barred from entering its premises.

According to sources, the woman told the inquiry committee that she joined the prison service on compassionate grounds after her husband's death in 1998. She had approached the officer to get her husband's arrears such as Provident Fund, gratuity and pension dues cleared. But the accused went about sexually harassing her for months. Unable to tolerate this, she approached the State Prisons Department and the Women's Commission. She is understood to have produced several documents in support of her complaint.

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