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Harass stink at film fest

Panaji, Nov. 22 (PTI): A student of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, working as a programming assistant at the ongoing International Film Festival of India here, has lodged a sexual harassment complaint against a senior festival official.

The complaint, lodged with the IFFI director Shankar Mohan, has accused a deputy director of making lewd suggestions and indirectly asking for sexual favours.

“On the night of November 16, 2013, lewd suggestions were made by the said person in the form of indirectly asking for sexual favours,” says the complaint lodged on November 17.

“As a result of the incident, I feel harassed and highly offended. Hence I would like to report this matter under The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013,” said the 25-year-old.

She was at the IFFI venue on an assignment to assist the Soul of Asia and World Cinema sections.

The girl has accused the officer of inviting her to his cabin at the Old Goa Medical College building in the evening and suggesting that she should accompany him for a drink. “Drinks karne chalna hai, drinks bhi karenge aur sab kuch karna hai (Let’s go for a drink, let’s drink and do everything),” the complaint quotes the official as saying.

The student has also told the festival director about the official allegedly misusing CCTV monitoring facility in his cabin. The cameras were installed at places where women worked, she alleged.