The Thane police in Maharashtra registered an FIR against accused, including a child development officer, under provisions of SC and ST Act, an official said
The Thane Police in Maharashtra have registered an FIR against seven women and a man under the SC/ST Atrocities Act for allegedly harassing a 34-year-old woman who earlier worked with the health department of Thane Zilla Parishad, an official said on Wednesday, reported the PTI.
As per the woman's complaint, she was subjected to the harassment between June 2021 to January 2023 when she worked at a primary health centre, panchayat samiti office in Bhiwandi and the Zilla Parishad's health department in Thane, the official from Narpoli police station said, according to the PTI.
Some of the accused allegedly refused to do the work assigned to them by the complainant, belonging to Warli community, saying they will not take orders from her as she was from a "lower caste", according to the FIR, reported the news agency.
They also allegedly abused her when when she once drank water from their bottle, it said.
Some of the accused persons also abused and humiliated her in front of other employees over her caste. They also allegedly made "false" complaints against her, following which she was removed from the job, the FIR said.
The victim also stated that after losing her job, she went to her village in Mokhada taluka of neighbouring Palghar district and did farming.
Based on the complaint, the police on Tuesday registered the FIR against the eight accused, including a child development officer, under provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the official said.
No one has been arrested so far in this connection, the police added.
(with PTI inputs)