Journalist complains about sexual harassment, gets fired by the CEO
By Charnamrit Sachdeva
| Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 13:18
CHHATTISGARH: Women for long have been fighting for their rights and there are several voices that have been raised to support them. But at the same time, what happens when those women standing up for their rights are being hit back for their actions? Well, women undoubtedly have a lot of powers in India to defend themselves but it gets tricky when it comes to something like sexual harassment. (Also Read: 7 things to know if you are being harassed at office)
Sexual harassment cases of both men and women are increasing at work spaces in different parts of the country and it is sad to see that people, especially women in India are being punished for complaining about harassment at many places.
In one of the most recent episodes, a woman journalist heading the Chhattisgarh Bureau of IND 24 filed a sexual harassment complaint her channel head Navin Purohit.
While she was expecting all the support from her management in the office, what shocked her was the termination letter that was issued to her by the CEO of the company Deepak Pundhir on the same day.
The letter that was issued to her said:
“Now we came to know that you are getting involved in unethical activities which are against an organization and you have filed a false complaint against us to Police. It’s very disappointing and shocking for us. Keeping that behaviour in mind, we have decided to cancel your services with immediate effect and you are now not to entitle use company office.”
Police teams have already been dispatched by the Inspector General of Raipur, G. P. Singh to Bhopal and Agra. Singh has assured of all the possible actions against the accused and the Channel Head.
It is simply illegal to subject an employee to sexual harassment and then fire them after they attempt to protect their rights.
The accused company and the management has yet not commented on the matter.