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Harassment slur on jawan

Shillong, July 8: For the past four months, the wife of a havildar in the Assam Rifles has been seeking for justice against sexual harassment allegedly meted out to her by a jawan. But an official in the Assam Rifles claimed that no such complaint has been received.

Sheila (name changed) today alleged that Dan Singh Negi, a jawan from the 40 Assam Rifles, has been sexual harassing her over the phone for the past four months and even tried to blackmail her.

“I have filed a complaint with the Assam Rifle authorities against Negi that he has been sexually harassing me over the phone for the past four months. But the officials advised me not to proceed further as it would bring a bad reputation to me and my family,” Sheila said.

The victim claimed that when she informed the matter to an officer of the Assam Rifles, he asked her insensitive questions. She pleaded for a thorough probe by Assam Rifles against Negi.

“What I need is justice. I only hope that justice will prevail so that I and my family can live in peace,” Sheila said.

She also claimed that in an audio recording of a phone conversation, Negi was heard claiming that the victim (Sheila) stayed with him in a hotel and he has evidence of an extra-marital affair.

“Negi has been threatening that unless I give in to him, he would bring bad reputation to me and my family,” she alleged.

When contacted, Negi denied the allegation: “I have never harassed the woman and did not do anything wrong. I have never uttered those things that have been alleged against me.”

Assam Rifles spokesperson Lt Col Sunil Rawat denied that any complaint had been lodged.

“The complaint has not come to us directly and I suggested that she file one. Once we receive the complaint, we will carry out an investigation into the allegation, including call records,” Rawat told The Telegraph.

Col Rawat revealed that the woman had earlier taken a loan of Rs 20,000 from Negi without informing her husband.