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Major General Found Guilty of Sexual Harassment, Faces Dismissal

Major General M.S. Jaswal was accused of molesting an officer in 2016, when he was posted with the Assam Rifles.

New Delhi: M.S. Jaswal, a serving Major General, was sentenced by the general courts martial (GCM) to be dismissed for molesting a captain.

The verdict was issued on Sunday and the officer was found guilty under section 69 of the Army Act, read with section 354 (outraging modesty of a woman by criminal force or assault) of the IPC. He was dismissed for conduct unbecoming an officer.

The harassment occurred in 2016, when Major General Jaswal was posted in Kohima as an Inspector General of the Assam Rifles. A female officer accused him of molesting.

After a complaint was filed, the army ordered a Court of Inquiry into the allegations against Major General Jaswal. According to the Indian Express, he was attached for facing the inquiry at HQs 17 Corps in Ranchi. He was later ordered to be tried by a court martial. The trial commenced in Ambala in June, with a Lieutenant General presiding over it and six Major Generals as its members.

The officer refuted the allegations levelled against him, claiming a factional feud within the army was the reason behind the allegations.

The dismissal will have to be confirmed by the Chief of Army Staff before it comes into effect. Major General Jaswal will also have the opportunity to appeal before the army chief against the GCM’s verdict.

The complaint filed against the officer says the officer called the complainant to his house to discuss the general court martial of another officer. According to nenow.in, the female officer was handling the duties of the judge advocate general (JAG) branch which looks after the legal matters of the three services.

“After the major general was done with the official work, he allegedly asked the captain to give him a parting kiss and forced himself on her to kiss her on cheeks and lips,” reads the proceeding notes.

After the female officer left, Major General Jaswal continued to harass her by calling and messaging her through his personal staff, the complaint says.

 

 

courtesy : The Wire

 

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