A woman judge from Uttar Pradesh has written an open letter to the Chief Justice of India seeking permission to die. Chief Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud has ordered the Allahabad High Court administration to submit an investigation report in this regard.
Indian media Hindustan Times reported that the open letter to the Chief Justice was written by a woman civil judge of Banda district of Uttar Pradesh. She alleged in the letter that she was sexually harassed by her superior while working at Barabanki. He did not even seek justice in this regard. For this he now wants permission to die.
The letter written by Nari Bichak has already spread on social media. In a two-page letter, he wrote, ‘I don’t want to live anymore. I have been walking around with a dead body for the past year and a half. There is no point in walking around with a lifeless body like this. Please allow me to die in a dignified manner.’
Another Indian media outlet, Indian Express, reported that the woman judge alleged that she was sexually harassed by a senior official about one and a half years ago. He claimed that the senior officer asked him to meet one night. There she was sexually harassed. Then he wandered around many places for a long time seeking justice. Now he does not even expect to get justice. So he wrote a letter to the Chief Justice seeking permission to end his life.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Supreme Court, Atul M Kurhekar, said that on the instructions of the Chief Justice, a letter was written to the Registrar General of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday afternoon and asked to know about the investigation status of the woman’s complaint.
Atul M Kurhekar also said that the Supreme Court has already taken cognizance of the matter on the instructions of the Chief Justice. Appropriate action will be taken after receiving the inquiry report from the Allahabad High Court.
Hindustan Times reported that despite repeated attempts, the woman judge could not be contacted for comment.
On December 4, the female judge applied to the Supreme Court for permission to die. Then last Wednesday, the matter was heard before a bench headed by Justice Hrishikesh Roy. After the hearing, the bench said that there is no need to issue any judicial order for the time being. Since the complaint has already been registered in the Allahabad High Court and the investigation is in progress, we should wait.