Sexual harrasment, assault complaint against Mayor Junaid Matoo

A female Corporator has accused Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Junaid Matoo of sexual harassment and physical assault.

In her complaint to police station Shaheed Gunj, Shaheen Bhat, who was elected from Ward number 7 of Rajbagh in the recently- held Municipal Elections Monday alleged that she was roughed up by Matoo and his Personal Assistant Firdous Ahmed in their office.

She also alleged that Matoo has been continuously asking her “to come along with him for enjoyment,” according to local news agenc CNS.

“ He didn’t harass me once but a number of times. I had submitted an estimate for Rs 25 lakhs for developmental works but the Mayor concealed that estimate and didn’t approve it asking me to accompany him to some place for ‘enjoyment’. This is sheer sexual harassment,” Bhat told CNS.

She alleged that that Mayor and his Assistant manhandled and abused her in presence of other Corporators. “They tore my ‘pheran’ (traditional gown) and hurled choicest invectives at me,” she alleged.

“I approached SP South and Police Station Shaheed Gunj and requested them to lodge an FIR against the Mayor and his Assistant,” she said adding that a number of Corporators are witness to the incident.

Bhat, who was elected on Congress ticket, said that she along with other Corporators will hit the roads if no action is nitiated against the Matoo and his Assistant.

CNS quoted an unnamed top police official as saying that Bhat has registered a complaint against the Mayor and his Assistant. “We will take cognizance of the complaint,” he added.

When contacted, Matoo said that he was not present in his office today. “I have heard that Shaheen Bhat has assaulted one of the SMC employees and there is a CCTV Footage of that incident,” he added.