#InternJudge: SJ’s employer comes out in support over #InternJudge sex harassment claims

SJ said at the time that others who had been in similar situations were often “in positions where these judges play an important role [and they] are afraid of jeopardising their careers”, whereas she was fortunate not to have such concerns. “I have a team that’s incredibly supportive, and three colleagues were first to read the blog post [before publication]. For me, the great thing is that I’m in an organisation where I know that if I come out in public about it, we are 25 people, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have the entire team behind me.”
………………The employer of a law graduate (“SJ”), who alleged that a former Supreme Court judge had sexually harassed her in 2012 while she interned under him, has issued a statement of support and solidarity about her going public.

The South Africa-headquartered not-for-profit Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment, for whom SJ is a fellow in India, wrote on its blog on Tuesday that SJ had “recently made a personal decision to write about her experience with sexual harassment”. The NGO issued a statement of support in response:

We condemn every form of harassment, assault and abuse of women, including in the legal profession itself.

Women who face such attacks and decide to come forward with their experiences in the hopes of preventing others from facing the same are extraordinarily brave and must be supported in their individual struggles as we collectively strive for a world free of discrimination and injustice.

We stand in solidarity with our team member and request all media to respect [SJ]’s privacy.

Natural Justice added it would not respond to requests for comment from media and that SJ’s original statements clearly set out her views.

A three-judge inquiry at the Supreme Court is currently investigating SJ’s allegations, which were first made in an early November blog post followed by a more detailed interview with Legally India a few days later.

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SJ said at the time that others who had been in similar situations were often “in positions where these judges play an important role [and they] are afraid of jeopardising their careers”, whereas she was fortunate not to have such concerns. “I have a team that’s incredibly supportive, and three colleagues were first to read the blog post [before publication]. For me, the great thing is that I’m in an organisation where I know that if I come out in public about it, we are 25 people, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have the entire team behind me.”

Sc Intern Harassment Sexual Harassment Supreme court of india
………………By Kian Ganz Thursday, 28 November 2013, 13:40 Bar, Bench & Litigation
http://www.legallyindia.com/201311284143/Bar-Bench-Litigation/sj-employer-supports-internjudge

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