Assistant accuses high-profile Indian judge of sexual harassment

In India, a former junior court assistant has written to 22 judges accusing the nation’s most senior judge of sexual harassment and unwanted advances.

She claims that she was the target of physical harassment by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and she and her family were harassed and victimised after she rebuffed him. Gogoi denies the accusations, saying they are untrue and an attempt to prevent him from working on serious cases.

In the affidavit presented to the judges by the complainant, she claims that Gogoi “hugged me around the waist, and touched me all over my body with his arms and by pressing his body against mine, and did not let go”.

The former assistant claims that since submitting the complaint she has been dismissed from her job, and her husband and brother-in-law, both police officers, have been suspended.