UoP staffer gets 6-month imprisonment for harassing colleague

A Magistrate court on Tuesday sentenced an employee of the University of Pune (UoP) to six months' imprisonment for allegedly misbehaving with a woman colleague last year. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 on the accused.

The order was passed by judicial magistrate (first class) K M Pingale. The suspect, Balasaheb Hendre (56), worked as a section officer at the external students department of the varsity where the 28-year-old victim worked as a peon.

As per victim's complaint, Hendre called her to office on April 14 last year, which was a declared government holiday. Hendre was alone in the department and allegedly said he was interested in her. He said he was going to his home in Pashan and wanted her to accompany him. He also threatened her that if she fails to fulfil his demand, she might lose her job, the victim said in her complaint

The victim, however, filed a police complaint against him. He was booked under Sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The investigation was done by head constable Sunil Dhakne, police naik Manoj Lokhande and constable Ajit Pharande. Assistant public prosecutor A K Pacharne examined seven witnessed to prove the charges.

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