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Putting Rayagada DFO Debarchan Behera under suspension on charge of sexual harassment to women at work place has given a clear message in Odisha that persons having such allegations may not be spared by the government.


This is not that the corrupt elements alone were suspended or given premature retirement, but the officials involved in sexually harassing women in offices would face the music in coming days.

The action has been appreciated by women across the state and this attitude of the Naveen Patnaik would further strengthen BJD’s women voters.
Mr.Behera was also accused in corruption cases.

The DFO, who is a Odisha Forest Service (OFS) officer and posted in Rayagada division has been accused of sexually harassing women staff at workplace which is a violation of the provisions under Conduct Rules for Government Servants, a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office said.

It is punishable under the sections of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013, the release said.

He is also accused of being involved in corruption relating to construction and maintenance of government buildings and purchase of store articles, it said.

The allegations against the DFO are being enquired into, while he is being suspended from service with immediate effect, the release said.

Earlier, the State Government had given compulsory premature retirement to another DFO for his alleged involvement in corruption cases.

Apart from the State Government, many such sexual harassment incidents also took place in private offices.

The authorities of private offices should also take a cue from the State Administration and punish the persons involved in sexual harassment at the work place.

A recent allegation has been made against the president of the Kendrapara Cooperative Credit Society President Pramod Kumar Sahu, who is a ruling BJD leader.

The woman who has filed FIR against Mt.Sahu said: “I am receiving death threats through various channels to withdraw the complaints against Pramod Sahu and they are claiming that he is a very powerful man and can do whatever he wants. Even he (Sahu) himself has also threatened me saying, he is the State Secretary of BJD, so do whatever you can.”
 


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