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According to a 73-page "Confidential Special Report" made public by authorities Wednesday, the "licensed massage therapist" stated she was summoned to a suite at the upscale Lucia Hotel at the request of a guest, where "during the course of this massage session Al Gore did sexually assault me in his room."However, for some mysterious reason, she later wouldn't testify and the Portland Police withdrew the charges.
U.N. climate panel chief Pachauri accused of sexual harassment
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Police are investigating claims that the one of world's top climate change officials, Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sexually harassed a 29-year-old woman, police and lawyers said on Friday.
The woman, who is a researcher at Pachauri's Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), claims the 74-year-old Indian scientist began harassing her soon after she joined the non-profit think-tank in September 2013.
NEW DELHI: That the image of the country will be "sullied" on an international forum if it is represented by a man who stands booked on charges of sexual harassment and stalking, leading female activists on Saturday demanded RK Pachauri's immediate resignation.
Meanwhile, a story in the Calcutta-based Telegraph suggests that Pachauri has long treated female staff members “like little girls” by lifting them off the ground as one might do with toddlers in North America. Based on the above two women’s accounts, plus “interviews with two long-term [TERI] employees,” the article implies that physical contact and sexual innuendo have long been part of Pachauri’s modus operandi.
Vrinda Grover, a New Delhi-based lawyer who specializes in women’s issues, toldThe Telegraph that others have contacted her with similar tales: “I know of at least three such cases, and the pattern is the same in every case.”Donna Laframboise writes: (link)
Sanjeev Sabhlok, a Melbourne-based economist and Indian political activist, advised me by e-mail yesterday that while the lives of educated Indian women have improved dramatically in recent years:
it remains a brave decision for the [29-year-old complainant] to go public and I commend her commitment to hold people in high places to account. It is time for Indian women to stand up for themselves and fight the (chronic) sexual harassment they face at work.He says the kind of behaviour of which Pachauri stands accused is not unusual amongst high-ranking Indian males, and that:
It is time for change in India. Women’s freedom, dignity and rights matter. They are individuals and can’t any longer be treated as chattel by men in powerful places. I hope other Indian women will come out in support for this women [sic] – who has dared to take on one of India’s most powerful men.Similar remarks appear on Sabhlok’s blog here.