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Accused of Harassment and Sexual Offenses Barred from Government Jobs

Raipur In a significant move aimed at ensuring the safety and dignity of women, the Chhattisgarh government has issued a groundbreaking order that individuals accused of harassment and sexual offenses against women will no longer be eligible for government jobs in the state. The order was issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) on Monday, aligning with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s declaration on Independence Day. The directive, issued by the GAD, applies to cases registered under various sections of the law, including sections 354, 376, 376 C, 376 D, 378 G, 376 H, 509, 493, 496, and 498, in addition to cases under the POCSO Act. Those facing such allegations will be barred from appointment to government services and positions until the final decision of the case related to their appointment in the public service. Chhattisgarh’s Civil Services Rules 1961, Sub-rule 4 of Rule 6, already included provisions stating that “any candidate who has been convicted of any offense against women shall not be eligible for appointment to any service or post.” However, the new directive further extends this restriction to individuals with pending criminal cases related to allegations of harassment and sexual offenses against women. This progressive step by the Chhattisgarh government reflects its commitment to prioritizing the safety and security of women and sends a strong message against such offenses. It also underscores the importance of a fair and just society where individuals facing serious allegations are held accountable for their actions.

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