After Arunab Kumar, an FIR has been filed against Suparn Pandey who is the co-founder of a media company Scoop Whoop for sexual harassment.Along with Suparn Pandey other co-founders have also been named though for abetting harassment and trying to keep in dark.
The complainant has said that during her tenure at ScoopWhoop, which lasted two years, she faced ‘inappropriate comments and lewd remarks’..Suparn Pandey even went on to comment on her sexuality.
She has filed the FIR at the Vasant Kunj (South) police Station, Delhi. The accused has been charged with section 354 A (sexual harassment), section 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), and section 506 (criminal intimidation).
“Mr. Suparn Pandey in public commented on my sexuality and this comment included calling me a names (sic.) which reflected on my sexual orientation and my sexual preferences (sic.) as well as characterised me in a certain way”
‘Mr. Pandey got so bold as to send me a lewd video over the official Gmail chat, in which the words were “apni jeans dheeli karo”‘, reads the FIR.
When complainant reported the incident to Scoop Whoop, co –founder of Sriparna Tikekar, she assured her that such behaviour would not be repeated. However, apparently she did not take any action against Pandey.
The complainant alleged many more serious complain against the co-founder of Scoop Whoop
Here is the official statement posted by Scoop Whoop on their website on allegations against Co-founder
ScoopWhoop strongly condemns any kind of harassment at the workplace. We work towards ensuring a safe and secure workplace for all our employees and take any complaints of harassment extremely seriously.
“Here is the official statement posted by Scoop Whoop on their website on allegations against Co-founder.In line with workplace laws, ScoopWhoop has an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). The ICC constitutes of two of our most senior and experienced women employees and an independent observer who has served on ICC panels across various prestigious and international companies. 40 percent of our workforce is women and we have equal representation in senior leadership positions. We have taken every step to ensure the complainant gets a fair hearing and are following the rule book on workplace harassment.
The complaint was forwarded to the ICC immediately on receipt and the same is being inquired as per law. The company is adhering to the rules and regulations set forth by the Hon. Supreme Court of India and the law of the land against sexual harassment at workplace and the investigation is ongoing. As an FIR has also been filed separately by the complainant, and the police investigation is ongoing, we are extending full cooperation to the police to conduct a full and fair investigation into the matter.
We are fully prepared to accept the findings of the investigations and dutifully take the necessary action if found guilty.”