"TERI failed to uphold my interests as an employee, let alone protecting them."

TERI harmed me mentally Read RK Pachauri case complainants shocking letterR K Pachauri; TERI University/YouTube
news Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 13:13

The 29-year-old researcher at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), who had accused its former Director Geneal RK Pachuari of sexual harassment, has resigned from the organisation stating that it has treated her in the "worst possible manner".

In her letter of resignation addressed to Dinesh Verma, head of Human Resources, the complainant said that the policy research organisation had "harmed me mentally, professionally and economically".

Here is the full text of her letter, which she submitted early this week, as published by The Quint.

Dear Mr. Verma

This is in reference to my ICC complaint against R K Pachauri for sexual harassment at the workplace and my subsequent FIR with Delhi Police in Feb 2015. The inquiry committee did hold R K Pachauri guilty of misconduct and TERI failed to do the bare minimum in order to ensure that I am not impacted.

Your organisation has treated me in the worst possible manner. TERI failed to uphold my interests as an employee, let alone protecting them. The organisation has instead protected R K Pachauri and provided him with full immunity, despite being held guilty of sexual harassment at the work place by your own inquiry committee. The Governing Council too let me down in an unprecedented way. The council could not even suspend a man pending inquiry and took NO ACTION despite the indictment. You also created a hostile environment for me which has only escalated and showed no signs of subsiding whatsoever. It is becoming clear that the Governing Council works for the DG and under his instructions. There has been no changeover in the DG as well as stated on 23 July, 2015.

I am tendering my resignation from TERI with IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

You changed my work profile and played deaf to my requests for not doing so. I was given ZERO EXPLANATION of taking such an action and none of my emails/requests were heeded to. I only got vague responses. I refuse to be associated with an organisation such as yours for the way you have mistreated me, for not standing by the law, for not having respect for my capabilities, for doing NOTHING to ensure that my career is not harmed and instead harmed me mentally, professionally and economically.

I tender my resignation without any prejudice to my rights to claim my salary, damages and other dues/costs for the gross misconduct and mental torture meted out to me at the work place, apart from taking all pending litigation to their logical conclusion.

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