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08 Dec 2018

#MeTooImpact: AIR employee, accused of harassment, found guilty

AIR employee, accused of sexual harassement, found guilty

An employee of All India Radio (AIR), who was accused of sexual harassment by at least nine women, was found guilty. The National Commission of Women informed about it on Friday and said the employee has been demoted and his salary reduced.

The salary reduction period lasts for one year, and he will not get any increments during this period.

Here's what happened.

In context

AIR employee, accused of sexual harassement, found guilty
AIR's female employees have been putting up with a lot

Context

AIR's female employees have been putting up with a lot

Last month, All India Radio Casual Announcer and Comperes Union (AICACU) wrote a letter to WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi to highlight the harassment they had to go through.

The complainants had to face double trauma, as in most cases after they flagged the harassment they weren't given jobs, they told in the letter.

The NCW also received it and acted accordingly.

Action

Guilty employee has been transferred, NCW informed

The NCW shot off a letter to Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, and CEO, Prasar Bharati asking to look into the allegations.

After the probe was complete, the guilty employee was penalized.

"The disciplinary authority accepted the recommendations and the authority imposed a major penalty of reduction to a lower pay scale by two stages for one year and no increment during the reduction period," NCW said. The employee was transferred.

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Prasar Bharti has taken steps to ensure women's safety

Steps

Prasar Bharti has taken steps to ensure women's safety

Responding to the letter to NCW, Prasar Bharti said some steps have been taken to ensure women safety in the organization.

Prasar Bharti spoke about posting of women Programme Executives as station In-Charge, installing cameras at vantage points and providing cabs to women during odd hours.

Prasar Bharati Secretariat has asked its offices to send quarterly reports on action taken on sexual harassment complaints.

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