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Now a new case of sexual harassment surfaces against TERI's RK Pachauri; 20 students refuse to take degree from him
Presently, there is lot of pressure on TERI's executive vice-chairman RK Pachauri after one more woman publicly accused him of sexual harassment while a group of students refused to accept degrees from the former UN climate panel chief at the institute's forthcoming convocation. This happened one day after the announcement of his appointment as executive vice-chairman of TERI.

Yesterday, a former TERI employee, who quit the institution in 2003, lodged a complaint with Delhi police accusing Pachauri of harassing her and other women. She even alleged that police did not take action on her previous complaint.

She described how Pachauri used to harass her. She even tried to communicate him repeatedly that she did not like his sexual advances, but, he continued to make verbal and physical sexual advances towards her. This made her to quit TERI in 2003.

She tried to take up the matter with the Internal Complaints Commiittee (ICC), but then seeing that the women in HR department were themselves subjected to such harassment from Pachauri she dropped the idea.

She even pointed out that neither the HR nor the management had told the women employees of TERI about the existence of ICC, to deal with matters of sexual harassment at the workplace. But when she came to know about ICC, she gathered courage and complained to Commodore Joshi, the then director, administration, services and TERI press, but he refused to believe her.

At the time of her resignation also Pachuari threatened her that 'he had friends everywhere, and will see how I would leave this employment.'

If we briefly go into the previous case of sexual harassment by Pachuri filed by a former woman researcher at TERI in February 2015 on the basis of which Pachauri was forced to quit as the chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) a year ago.

TERI also changed the Internal Complaints Committee, which had earlier found Pachauri guilty of sexual harassment. And the new members who were appointed are seen as being close to Pachauri. Vibha Dhawan, who headed the committee, was not even an active employee of TERI, another member Vagisha Kochar had worked with Pachauri's lawyer.

After two months Pachauri returned to TERI as its director general after a court allowed him to attend some of its offices, except the headquarters.

All this shows that TERI does not take sexual harassment of women at workplace seriously. Senior advocate Vrinda Grover also has similar opinion. She said that the new committee reflects that TERI "continues to treat the issue lightly".

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