New Delhi: Demanding the sacking of R K Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charges, several women activists yesterday demonstrated outside the green body's office where its Governing Council was meeting to decide on the 'roles and responsibility' in the organisation.
A protester holds placard outside TERI office yesterday, demanding sacking of R K Pachauri. Pic/PTI
The women activists also submitted a memorandum demanding sacking of Pachauri who proceeded on leave from TERI University yesterday.
Several students have refused to accept degrees from him to protest against his elevation to the post of Executive Vice Chairman.
"Another woman came out yesterday alleging that Pachauri is a serial harasser. The people, facing sexual harassment charges, are sacked, not elevated. We are protesting peacefully as the meeting of governing body is on. We want to talk to them that Pachauri should be sacked immediately," a protester said.
President of All India Democratic Women's Association Subhashini Ali said no matter how eminent the person is, an alleged sexual offender needs to be punished. "It is very difficult for women to lodge a complaint and to lodge it against someone who is superior is even more difficult. Women have been told to keep quiet because they are very eminent people. If they were sexual offenders, they need to be punished no matter how eminent they are," she said.
The Governing Council of the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) yesterday appointed former finance secretary Ashok Chawla as its new chairman and informed that one of his predecessors, R K Pachauri, has been asked to stay on leave until further notice. "Dr R K Pachauri, who had been head of the institute since 1982, will be on leave from TERI," read a statement issued by TERI.