UNICEF’s India Chief, Cecilio Adorna, In Sexual Harassment Row

I have been following this on desicritics.org for a while. Thanks to Sumanth, this has finally popped in the news papers. Hats off to the lady for sustaining the fight to get her voice heard.

The story was first reported in The Tribune:

“UNICEF India chief accused of rape bid
New Delhi, March 30
The UNICEF India head was today accused of sexual harassment and attempted rape by a former employee of the same organisation. Additional commissioner of police (crime against women cell) Tajender Luthra said, “We have received a complaint and are examining it. In her complaint, 44-year-old Archana Pandey accused Cecilio Adorna of attempted rape. — UNI”

Here is the link to the Desicritics Article:


Here is the link to the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services:

An appeal by the staff:


This link has more on this issue including a letter to Ann Veneman by the victim:


Here is the link to the articles as the appear:

Here is the link to the HT article in pdf format if the article disappears over time:

This is what he looks like:

 Cecilio Adorna



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