Pachauri’s shameless promotion makes my flesh crawl: TERI complainant

New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): The complainant in the sexual harassment case against RK Pachauri, has slammed the council of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for promoting him to executive vice chairman, saying that it was a ‘shameless act which made her flesh crawl’.

In an open letter, the complainant has lashed out at the TERI’s Governing Council saying that it was despicable that a man who stands booked on charges of sexual harassment at workplace, stalking and criminal intimidation had been promoted.

“While a prayer lay in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi seeking suspension of R K Pachauri ( in compliance with the basics of the SH Act so that my rights to work are unaffected), TERI’s Governing Council held a meeting around the same time because the man was looking to maintain his foothold in TERI,” she said in the letter.

She alleged that she had been informed that the council was planning to ‘throw mud’ on her as well as the entire process and thus facilitate a promotion for Pachauri.

The complainant further says that she was conveyed to settle the issue out of court and she was often warned of ‘consequences’ if she did not back down.

“I told them clearly that the complainant has not settled and she wouldn’t. But they don’t seem to believe me. They were asking me about your family background. My computer is always watched by the IT Department,” the complainant said.

Asserting that she had received zero support from TERI over the matter, she added that the TERI media executive went ahead and publicized information leading to my identity to the Press.

“I spoke up and was quarantined from work. Not allowed to resume work and no earnings for a long time. No money and a tainted Curriculum Vitae gave me sleepless nights. It was getting beyond my dignity to be associated with such an organisation and in the best of my interest, I quit. I felt most lighter in my mind and body on quitting TERI. I deserved better,” she said.

Pachauri has been charged with sexual harassment by a woman researcher who used to work directly under the veteran climate scientist and later resigned from her job as she felt ‘let down’ by TERI. She has now moved to another organisation. (ANI)

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