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paid vacation? The next question that comes to mind iswho can take disciplinary action against a senior editor If a corporation owns Tehelkait would be the board of directors; and if it is a trustthe board of trustees The editor is governed by the terms of the contract of appointmentand ordinarily such contracts are terminable by a one-month notice or payment in lieu of notice In the case of the law internwhen the SC became aware of the allegation of sexual harassment against a former judgeit immediately set up a three-judge committee (not under the regulations) to inquire into the incident The intern was invited to give information about the alleged sexual harassmentwhich she is reported to have done The report of the committee is awaited It mustof coursebe put in the public domain Further questions will arise thereafter Did she disclose the name of the judge in question Is it a cognisable offence What will the committee do if it is a cognisable offence And that brings us to another issue: why are the details of what happened to the Tehelka journalist out in the public domain Why are these being so endlessly debated in the press and social media Every person has a right to privacy and to the confidentiality of information that concerns her so intimately Whatever may have been the source of the leakwe know now that an FIR has been registered by the Goa police Section 288A of the Indian Penal Code makes it an offence to disclose the identity of the person or any information about the incidentonce the crime is alleged When an FIR is lodgedthe offence is surely alleged This provisionweak as it is in that it does not specifically say at what point an offence is allegedis breached over and over again by the media Some TV channels have allegedly broadcast the full text of the email sent to Tehelkaand must surely be prosecuted It is precisely the fear of the publication of these detailsor the traumatic eventthat deters women from complaining The publication of the details violates them as much as the incident itself This is not about stigma or the fear of losing ones jobbut about the fear of losing ones own dignity The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (PreventionProhibition and Redressal) Act 2013in Section 16excludes the application of the Right to Information Act to any information that would disclose the identity and details of the case Section 17 of that act also imposes an obligation on the committee members to keep all such information confidentialon pain of a penalty under service rules The law is thus clear that while the perpetrator of the crime must be punishedthe dignity of the woman must be maintained at all costsand she must not be exposed to further assaults by publications in social media as well as print and electronic media Another chilling factorwhich deters reporting of the crimeis the fear of being disbelieved In this contextthe intern has said that she too had feared the same It is criticalthereforethat if we want to encourage women to report crimes of sexual abusewe have to ensure that there is no character assassination of the complainant in any court proceedings This is one of the prime reasons why women do not report crimes of a grave nature Over and above the letter of the lawthere is constitutional moralitywhich governs all institutions of society In 2013Phaneesh Murthy was accused of sexual harassment by his subordinate at iGatewhich led to a majority of shareholders removing him from the board effective from June 72013 after a sexual harassment investigation revealed that he had not disclosed the relationship with his subordinate I once represented a woman who was sexually harassed at a multinational accountancy firm Not only did they terminate her servicesbut they went on to promote the person complained against She wrote to the US head-officeasking them to invoke the rules of the Global Ethics committee They declinedon the ground that they had no control over the Indian company She continues to fight a lonely battle to this daywhile the employer is represented by respected senior counsel Irrespective of the context in which a crime of sexual abuse occursit is a crime against humanityand must be treated as such The writer is additional solicitor general of India Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: August 1 2012 1:28 am Related News Dark reality * APROPOS Grid indiscipline (IEJuly 31)the collapse of the Northern grid has been blamed on overdrawing of electricity by errant states Capacity generation has also been named as a reason for the woeful state of affairs Distribution and transmission losses also account for some of the shortage Howeverstate governments may want to revisit the practice of giving free electricity to some consumerswith others forking out huge amounts in tariff Political will and a system of accountability will be needed to address the situation The onus lies on the political class Abhishek Puri Chandigarh Premature verdict * THIS refers to the report Post-Modi interviewSP disowns Siddiqui (IEJuly 29) Shahid Siddiqui must be lauded for standing firm on his decision to interview Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team has not found any substantial evidence implicating Modi in the riots of 2002 Unlike in other riots in Indiamany of the cases filed on the Gujarat riot massacres have ended in convictions The rest are likely to see verdicts soon Modis detractors should wait for his guilt to be proved in a court of law before indicting him N Ramamurthy Chennai Where are the leaders * SEEMA CHISHTIS article Political blunderlands (IEJuly 30) reiterates the importance of having able leaders who can hold the fort Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have periodically suffered from a crisis of leadership SM Krishna was probably the last Karnataka chief minister with a vision for the state The current government lacks direction and is extremely fragile In APformer chief ministers N Chandrababu Naidu and YS Rajasekhara Reddy tried to turn Hyderabad into a prosperous IT capital It was during Naidus tenure that dreams of Cyberabad took shape Howeversubsequent chief ministers frittered away the legacy of Naidus reign It is painful to watch leaders failing to capitalise on the good work done by their predecessors from other parties and succumbing to petty party politics instead This works against the interests of the state Ganapathi Bhat Akola Ploughing back * THIS refers to 21 SC judges retd since 0818 in govt panels (IEJuly 30) Many retired government officers are likely to find their way to government panels Some reforms have been suggested to address this problem One of them is that no bureaucrat be re-employed in the first five years after retirement This is a simple but effective way to break the nexus between bureaucrats and their political bosses Suresh Amin Vadodara For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi:If the images of a flooded Chennai last year or those of Srinagar two years ago were horrifying for the citizens of Delhi it’s time they had a serious look at their own backyard The continuous onslaught on the Yamuna floodplains is likely to land the National Capital in a similar disaster According to environmentalists the severe damage to the Yamuna floodplains — the most recent example being the preparations for the World Culture Festival by Art of Living (AOL) Foundation — will result in flooding of the low-lying areas of East Delhi quite like Chennai if and when the next spell of heavy shower happens in the city “The way the entire floodplains of the Yamuna have been levelled and the marshy land has been converted into a ground it can cause floods in Delhi during rains Let’s not forget what happened in Chennai twice in Srinagar then in Mumbai and Kedarnath This is the first time that the entire vegetation on the Yamuna floodplains has been damaged and flattened” environmentalist Anand Arya told Firstpost Arya is one of the co-petitioners at National Green Tribunal opposing the upcoming World Culture Festival Besides Arya there are other environmentalists who have also raised a red flag against the three-day mega event that will welcome35 lakh visitors from across the continents A view of the pontoon bridge over the River Yamuna Photo acquired by Firstpost from the NGT-appointed committee An NGT-appointed panel in its report has mentioned “The entire area of the floodplain between River Yamuna and DND Flyover has been levelled flat and on the western side of the river — 50 to 60 hectares of floodplain have beencompletely destroyed Natural vegetation comprising reeds shrubs trees etc has been completely removed A large number of birds and other natural life on the floodplain have vanished” Manoj Misra convener Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan an NGO working for the restoration of the River Yamuna said: “Vegetation on the soil is extremely important especially on floodplains The ground vegetation is the lifeline of floodplains Absence of it will certainly cause floods One won’t be surprised if the low-lying areas of east Delhi get flooded or even a larger area” How flood will be caused – The levelling and compacting of the floodplain would reduce its water absorbing capacity by 35 to 40 percent As a result the rest 60 percent of water will run off to adjoining low areas causing flood – The bush reeds shrubs marsh etc helps in water-absorption due to the roots As this vegetation has its own absorptive capacity the flood situation will aggravate – Groundwater recharging capacity will drastically decrease – If heavy rain takes place the extra water will flow into the residential areas The petitioners have questioned how the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) gave permission to AOL to use such a large area — which according to them is spread across2700 acres “It’s a huge area of 2700 acres The enormity of destruction can be judged from the fact that the vegetation spread over such a large area has been completely destroyed There are no signs of vegetation and it has been flattened for setting up of stage parking space sitting arrangements etc There will be a huge loss in terms of value of water due to this” observed Arya During the hearing at NGT on Thursday the issue came up of whether or not DDA is a competent and reliable agency to look after the river floodplain in the city “We’ll establish that the approval given by the DDA is illegal How can the agency that is supposed to implement the directives of NGT work exactlyopposite” Misra asked “I wrote to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji— first on 7 January and the last on 8 February — bringing to his notice the consequences of the damage caused to the Yamuna’s bio-diversity (letter embedded at the end of the piece) But I didn’t get any response It was only after I filed a petition at NGT that the AOL Foundation responded Floodplains are nature’s water treatment works — that remove vast quantities of pollutants from inland river waters They also provide rivers with the building blocks of life which are used by everything from bacteria to fish"Misra told Firstpost "Clearly such massive clearing and conversion of the floodplain is taking a heavy toll of the biodiversity extant at the site in question and puts a question mark on the future of the river rejuvenation plans and growing threat of flooding” he added “But despite our explanations to the foundation they have gone ahead with total apathy towards environment conservation It’s inhuman” he added According to experts Delhi receives 30 inches (75 cm) of rainfall and the absorption of water in one hectare is 3000 cubic metres “The invitation by AOL shows the area earmarked for the festival (marked on the map in yellow) on the Isro website is 10795 square kilometres or 2667 acres” said Arya AOL Foundation’s stand “There is no question of violation of any kind of regulations We’ve taken permissions from almost all possible authorities like DDA Ministry of Water Resources Fire Disaster Management Pollution Control Board Delhi Police etc There are a few permissions that will be taken once the construction work — which is purely temporary in nature — gets completed If you refer to Google Maps it’ll show that illegal farming had been going on in the floodplains” Akshama Nath advocate AOL Foundation told Firstpost after the hearing “As far the area is concerned we gave a rough estimate of 26 acres to the DDA as our requirement in the site plan Permission was given on the basis of it This is the area where AOL stage and other arrangements will come up The larger area about which the NGOs are talking about is basically entry points for the public People need to walk through this area to reach the venue We want to make it clear that no damage to vegetation has been caused at all In fact we’ll beautify the entire area once the festival gets over” Nath added DDA’s stand “It’s wrong to say that DDA has given permission illegally It’s very much within the statute of the DDA” an official said Letter to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar by Manoj Misra Mumbai: The demise of former Maharashtra home minister RR Patil known for his simplicity and clean image is a big blow to the Sharad Pawar-led NCP which is tryingto rebuild the party following its rout in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections Patil the son of a farm labourer belonged to the powerful Maratha community and emerged from the grassroots to the top levelin the party and government as well and that had made him popular among the party rank and file across the state While Maharashtra politics is dominated by few families of powerful Maratha community a large section of economically backward in Maratha community sawhope in Patil’s rise due to his humble background and rallied behind him and the NCP Despite being in a party that controls the co-operative sector and has its base in western Maharashtra Patil had no such background He never established any cooperative society or firm in his life Still he rose inaparty of leaders from established political dynasties sugarcane and education barons due to his clean image and simplicity AFP ImagePatilwas groomed by Pawar and had very strong organizational skills and result-oriented strategies that helped the party well in western Maharashtra He was also known for his oratory skills and had played an effective role on the opposition benches when theSena-BJP government was in power earlier NCP leaders and grassroot workers would frequently seek his presence atelection rallies andpublic meetings on various issues With Patil’s death NCP has lost not only a mass leader but its face in rural parts who had a clean image Political observers say that it would be difficult for the NCP to find a suitable replacement for Patil "The NCP has lost the genuine face having strong grassroots connect He was seen as an honest and sincere politician in the rural parts of the state" said Surendra Jondhale a political analyst NCP debacle in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections last year can partly be attributed to the corruption charges against its senior leaders While many senior NCP leaders including Ajit Pawar Chhagan Bhujbal and Sunil Tatkare have been accused of corruption Patil was never accused of corruption even by his opponents His clean image was also endorsed by anti-corruption crusaderAnna Hazare Senior NCP leaders say that he was elevated as group leader of party in the state legislature due to his clean image to take on the BJP-Shiv Sena government “He was the crowd puller in the party having the connect with the grassroots He played an important role on taking on the earlier Sena-BJP government Now he was crucial for us given the fact that we are again on the opposition benches and are struggling to revive the party’s fortunes” anNCP leader said on condition of anonymity Prithviraj Chavan former CM and senior Congress leader said that the partymight nothave split if Patil hadn’tsided with Pawar in 1999 “He had played an important role in forming the NCP Had he taken a different stance in 1999 the NCP might not have been formed” Chavan said The withdrawal of artillery is "point two" of the peace agreement reached in the Belarus capital Minsk, A distracted Murray, With Dhoni as captain, “The Tatmadaw is essential for the country, More than 600.

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