Head: Top lade cops has her #MeToo moment six years after incident
Leena Doley took to social media to share her experience with workplace
harassment while she continues to fight for justice
backdrop of the #MeToo movement, Leena Doley, who serves as the
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Assam, has taken to
Facebook to talk about workplace harassment meted out to her by a senior
Doley, an officer from the 2002 batch of the Assam
State Public Service Commission, has said through her post that Mukesh Agrawal,
IPS, currently serving as the Additional Director General of Police (Law
and Order) in Assam, had sexually harassed her. The post also
highlighted how her complaint was dismissed and called a 'sheer
misunderstanding' by the enquiry committee set up afterwards.
the time of the incident, Doley was serving as Additional
Superintendent of Police, Dial 100, Police Control Room, Guwahati city,
while Agrawal, an IPS officer from the 1989, was Inspector General of
In her complaint to the office of the
Director General of Police (DGP), which was later referred to the office of
the Chief Secretary, Doley had stated that on March 13, 2012, after the
inauguration of the Dial 100 project at the office of the Director
General of Police, Assam, which was also attended by Agrawal, Doley
visited his office to discuss a work-related matter. The senior
officer, on finding her alone in his office, suggested that she go with
him on a vacation.
After a verbal complaint made to the office of
the DGP the same day, Doley, on March 15 - two
days after the incident - had filed a written a complaint too. A
committee was set up as per Vishakha Guidelines regarding the complaint,
but her complaint was dismissed.
“My case was dismissed as a misunderstanding, although the perpetrator
himself admitted to what he did. The perpetrator had asked me to
accompany him to a holiday destination, without, of course, telling my
Doley, who feels that the #MeToo campaign has given her
the "opportunity to tell her the story in her words", said that six
months after filing the complaint, her husband committed suicide by
shooting himself. “Even at the time of the incident, I did not speak to
the media. The media reported the incident based on speculations, and
the news was quite distorted and incorrect," she added.
death of Nitolpal Lahon, Doley's husband, was said to be linked to the
harassment. A case of unnatural death was registered at the Jalukbari
Police station in Guwahati.
“My husband committed suicide after
about six months of my submitting my complaint against Mukesh Agrawal.
Following which, the Enquiry Officer, Emily Choudhury, IAS, the then
Additional Chief Secretary of Assam, came to my house right away to
assure me that if my husband's death was not due to the complaint," the
“I didn't react - I was beyond any reaction. But the enquiry procedures had not started till then,” she further wrote.
Anita, Agrawal's wife, had also filed a defamation case at the
Guwahati High Court under the CR case number 672C, 2012, under Section
482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. However, the high court
quashed the petition.
Doley hopes that the #MeToo movement
“continues to fight workplace harassment.” She is “up for the second
phase of fight for justice,” she says.
Agrawal did not respond to the multiple phone calls made to him.