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Major General dismissed for sexual harassment

 International Desk

 Published: 11:59 AM, 19 August 2019  

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The Indian Army has punished a Major General by dismissing him from service without pension in relation to sexual harassment of a lady officer, reported local media. 

The court-martial proceedings against Major General RS Jaswal were confirmed by Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday, even though the orders were signed by the Army chief in July itself.

"Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has confirmed the sentence awarded to the officer. The decision of the Chief of Army Staff was intimated to the Major General by the 2 Corps Commander Lt Gen MJS Kahlon today in Ambala," Army officials told news agency ANI. 

Dismissal from service means the withdrawal of retirement benefits, including pension, for the officer, the officials added. 

The punishment is for a 2016 incident of alleged sexual harassment of a lady officer when he was posted with the Assam Rifles in Kohima. 

The lady, from the army’s Judge Advocate General Branch, alleged that Jaswal misbehaved with her and would call her to his room in Kohima in the evening hours for official work. 

The lady officer had filed a complaint against him, following which a GCM was ordered. He was later attached to an army formation in Ambala under 2 Corps for disciplinary proceedings. 

The GCM held under the aegis of the Western Army Command had recommended dismissal from service for the Major General last December. 

The recommendation was given after the officer was charged under the Indian Penal Code’s Section 354A (sexual harassment) and Army Act 45 which is related to unbecoming conduct of officers. The GCM’s sentence is sent to higher authorities for confirmation. 

During the GCM’s proceedings, Jaswal denied the allegations. The GCM was headed by a Lieutenant General and comprised several other senior officers. He has already filed a plea with the Armed Forces Tribunal.  

In a similar case, a Major General was held guilty by a GCM for allegedly molesting a woman officer serving under him on the pretext of teaching her yoga and meditation in his bedroom.