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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law$
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Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098006

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098006.001.0001

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The Modesty of Mrs. Bajaj

The Modesty of Mrs. Bajaj

India's Problematic Route to Sexual Harassment Law

(p.633) 36 The Modesty of Mrs. Bajaj
Directions in Sexual Harassment Law

Martha C. Nussbaum

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the story of Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj, Special Secretary for Finance in the Indian Administrative Service, Punjab cadre. After going to an official dinner party at the home of the Commissioner of Finance, Mrs. Bajaj filed a complaint alleging violations of two criminal statutes that make it a crime to “outrage” the “modesty of a woman.” The complaint named Punjab's Chief of Police Mr. Kanwar Pal Singh Gill as the defendant. The investigation proved slow and sluggish, and by November 1988, the police were on the verge of dropping the case as “untraced” when Mr. Bajaj filed a complaint for the same offenses in the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. He alleged that Mr. Gill's rank in the Police Department had prevented a “fair and impartial” investigation.

Keywords:   criminal statutes, Rupan Deol Bajaj, modesty, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Police Department, impartial investigation

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