Gender-biased comment at woman forest range officer: Probe ordered against cop

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Pamba: When efforts to achieve gender neutrality fast track at school levels, certain cases reported from the other realms are not in accordance with it. A fresh controversy erupted after a woman forest range officer on duty in Pamba lodged a complaint with the Sabarimala special commissioner over facing gender discrimination from a police officer.

On Saturday, a DySP who arrived at Pamba to join duty enquired the woman range officer, “Are there no men here?”

The range officer did not puzzle by this question, but replied, “I am in charge here.”

The DySP had to carry his luggage to the temple in the tractor service available at Pamba. However, the tractors are permitted to Pamba only from 12 pm to 3 pm on Saturdays. In case of emergency, the permission of the Sabarimala special commissioner has to be obtained after submitting a request letter. The DySP was agitated when the woman forest officer pointed out this directive.

Another DySP, who reached the spot to intervene in the matter also passed a derogatory comment against the forest range officer.

Later, the DySP arranged the tractor after submitting a request to the special commissioner via WhatsApp. A probe has been initiated based on the complaint lodged by the range officer.

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