DPS asked to compensate teachers in sexual harassment case

October 12th, 2009 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday asked the Delhi Public School (DPS) Society to compensate three of its teachers, who had alleged sexual harassment by the principal of Faridabad branch of the school, to the tune Rs.2.5 lakh each.
Justice S. Ravindra Bhatt in his order asked DPS to pay Rs.2.5 lakh each to three of its teachers and Rs.1.5 lakh to another employee of the school who had accused the then school principal U.S. Verma of sexual harassment. The teachers were forced to resign from their positions following the allegation.

The court asked the DPS Society to pay the compensation amount within four weeks.

The case dates back to April 22, 1999, when four employees of DPS Faridabad accused the principal of sexual harassment and approached National Commission for Women (NCW) to intervene in the matter.

A committee the NCW formed to probe the complaint of the teachers in its report confirmed that the allegations of the school employees were true.

According to the teachers, the school principal used to harass them even after they resigned from their jobs.

The DPS Society also constituted a committee following the 1997 Supreme Court guideline that clearly stated that a sexual harassment committee has to be constituted immediately. The DPS committee also found the allegations to be true.

The teachers also alleged that Verma turned vindictive when they turned down his advances and issued them memos, stopped their confirmation, demoted them and insulted them openly.

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