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Rights commission chief quits in India sex scandal

January 6, 2014

KOLKATA, India (AP) — A retired judge in India on Monday resigned as a state human rights commission chairman following allegations of sexual harassment by a woman law intern, a government official said.

The official said A.K. Ganguly met with West Bengal state’s Governor M.K. Narayanan and handed his resignation.

The harassment case renewed public outrage over sexual violence in India.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The intern, in an affidavit to a Supreme Court panel, accused Ganguly of asking her to spend a night in his hotel room on the pretext of helping him finish some professional work in December 2012. She declined and wrote about her experience in a blog.

Ganguly denies the charge. The court panel last month indicted him.

Last month, India marked the one-year anniversary of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi that triggered nationwide protests.

The outrage led the government to adopt laws that doubled prison terms for rape to 20 years and criminalized voyeurism, stalking, acid attacks and the trafficking of women. Fast-track courts were created for rape cases.

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