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Sexual harassment charges levied against noted Indian environmentalist

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NEW DELHI, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — A Delhi court on Friday ordered framing of charges against noted environmentalist and former chief of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) R.K. Pachauri in a sexual harassment case.

Pachauri is facing sexual harassment allegations by a former female colleague. He has also been accused of stalking and insulting the victim’s modesty.

The court directed that the charges be framed under relevant provisions of the penal laws for outraging modesty of a woman, sexual harassment, and words used to outrage the modesty of a woman.

The next date of hearing in the court is Oct. 20.

A 29-year-old research assistant executive had accused Pachauri of sexual harassment in February 2015. Thereafter, TERI had sent Pachauri on an indefinite leave in 2016.

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