Women not always innocent victims of Sexual Harassment: Court
Stereotyping women as "innocent gullible victims" in all scenarios is not correct, especially, given the growing trend of false FIRs of rape and other sexual crimes, a Delhi court noted. Its observations came in a case where a woman was found "deliberately lying" of having faced sexual harassment by her employer and retracting from the complaint given to the police and in court.
Not only did metropolitan magistrate (Mahila Court) Harshita Vatsayan acquit the employer, she also directed Delhi Police to book the woman on charges of furnishing false evidence. "Of late, there is a growing trend of false FIRs being filed by women alleging rape or other sexual misdemeanours. The alleged accused persons, in such instances, very often are compelled to compromise the matter with the complainant just to avoid the agony of a long-drawn trial. Hence, stereotyping complainants as innocent gullible victims is not correct in all scenarios. One has to view the reasons for the witness turning hostile, considering the factual matrix of the case," the court observed.
The woman had alleged sexual harassment by her employer as she was the only employee left at the company, which she had joined in 2013. She said her employer took umbrage at her refusal to conform to his demands and withheld her salary. She also alleged there was another employee who had been subjected to a similar treatment.
The employer, on the contrary, refuted the claims saying his wife, and not him, was the company's director. In addition, he claimed that the woman complainant and her colleague were trying to extort money from his wife though all their dues had been settled.