MYSURU: A Mysuru officer who had been charged for sexually harassing a nurse, after seven years is facing action, after the II additional district and session court has awarded him 2 years of imprisonment and fined him with Rs 3.25 lakh.
It is reported that a nurse, HB Mamatha, who worked as nurse on contract, ended life by consuming tablets at Hanagod primary health centre (PHC), Hunsur, on January 6, 2010. In her death note, she had accused medical officer Harish, who was then working at Bilikere Primary Health Centre (PHC), responsible for her extreme step.
Harish was booked for abetting suicide but later the court tried him under IPC section 354 and 323 for outraging the modesty of woman and voluntarily causing hurt.
Explaining her case, HD Ananda Kumar, public prosecutor, told TOI that Mamatha had worked earlier under Harish at Bilker PHC and that the Medical officer Harish used to harass her sexually. To prove her side of the story, she had also recorded the conversations of Harish and filed a complaint against him to District health authorities.
After a meeting, the District health authorities refused to accept the facts and transferred her to Hanagod PHC allegedly as a punishment for complaining against medical officer.
Harish allegedly continued to harass her even and demanded her to handover the voice records to him. Mamatha unable to bear unrelenting harassment ended her life at Hanagod in January 2010.