Decorated Indian Navy Officer Accused Of Molesting Junior

26/05/2016 9:44 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the rape and murder of a law student in the southern state of Kerala, in Mumbai, India, May 11, 2016. Authorities had released a sketch of a suspect and said they were looking for a man seen leaving the home of the 30-year-old law student. The case has evoked comparisons in the media with the gang rape and torture of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in 2012, which sparked nationwide protests. India toughened its anti-rape laws in response to the outcry following the 2012 murder, but rape, acid attacks, domestic violence and molestation are common. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

A senior decorated Navy officer has been sent on leave and a board of inquiry ordered against him after a junior woman officer accused him of molesting her twice, including once at the house of a top admiral.

Navy sources said the incident happened this month.

"We are seized of the matter and a Board of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident which is likely to submit its report soon. Navy has a zero tolerance policy for such issues. Appropriate action will be taken once the inquiry is completed and the report is submitted," Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said.

Sources said the woman, a Lieutenant, has complained that her senior, a surgeon commander rank, molested her twice.

Incidentally, one of the incident happened at the house of a senior Admiral. At the time of the incident, the senior Admiral was on official duty in Viashakapatnam.

He had called for the medical team to check on his 95-year-old mother who is bed ridden.

The accused doctor was awarded with Vishist Seva Medal this year.

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