New Delhi: A third woman has levelled sexual harassment allegations against TERI executive vice chairman RK Pachauri through an open letter on Thursday.
The letter was accessed by IANS from her lawyers Vrinda Grover and Ratna Appender.
She is the third woman to speak out about the alleged sexual harassment committed by Pachauri.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) head was accused of sexually harassing a female colleague in 2015. He stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February last year. In November, the woman researcher who accused him of sexual harassment quit her job at TERI, alleging that she was treated badly.
The latest complainant issued a statement through her lawyers after Pachauri, 75, gave an interview to the British newspaper “The Observer” saying that “the (first) complainant was acting for money and was probably set up to trap him by persons unknown”.
A second female employee has also filed a police report against Pachauri.
In the open letter, the (latest) complaint who was working with the accused in 2008, said,”Pachauri would put his hands on my waist repeated times, he would hug me longer than felt comfortable, kissed me on the cheek and inquired about my private life. I started feeling insecure about his motives for hiring me, and felt extremely uncomfortable being around him.”
Lawyer Ratna Appender told IANS, that the (third) woman approached lawyers with her complaint in February 2015.
“He would call me during non-working hours and holidays to ask me to come to his office and when arriving it became evident that he had no specific task for me. Pachauri would indulge in frivolous talk and try to get close to me,” she said.