India has become notorious for crimes against women in rural and urban areas alike, to the extent that foreign countries have, in the past, issued travel advisories to their citizens visiting India.
The case of Phaneesh Murthy, the sacked CEO and president of iGate, allegedly accused of having a relationship with a subordinate employee and sexually harassing of an employee, is not a first when it comes to alleged harrassment of women in their workplace.
Murthy denied all charges against him on Tuesday and claimed that it was a case of extortion.
In an audio conference he said the charges against him were "completely false” and he had not violated any company policy.
A file photo of Phaneesh Murthy, CEO of iGate Patni during the closure PC in Bangalore. Mint/Aniruddha Chowdhury
Let's take a look at a few cases where those accused of alleged harassment have managed to get away with their crimes.
Turning tables: When the accuser becomes the accused:
A woman professor at IIM Indore had filed a complaint with the college authorities against a fellow professor who allegedly demanded sexual favours from her during official tours. Her complaint was investigated by the gender sensitivity committee of the institute which was reconstituted on her request. The committee later gave a clean chit to the accused. In response to the committee's report the woman was later sacked from the college for filing a 'false complaint'.
Later, a high court bench of Indore accepted a petition filed by the professor regarding the case.
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Captain Poonam Kaur
In 2009, Captain Poonam Kaur, a woman army officer levelled charges of physical and mental harassment on her superiors. She alleged that three officers including the commanding officer had been harassing her, besides confining her in her house at the army unit. Read more...
She was later dismissed by an army court martial which allegedly found her guilty of falsely accusing her seniors of harassment.
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File photo of Captain Anjali Gupta
Squadron Leader Anjali Gupta
The case of Squadron Leader Anjali Gupta of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was the first case of dismissal from service in a sexual harassment. In 2005, Gupta, who was posted in Bangalore, charged her senior Air Vice Marshal Anil Chopra of making sexual remarks at her. She was later sacked from service for indiscipline. Read more...
Chopra went on to become an Air Marshal before retiring. Gupta committed suicide in Bhopal in 2011. Read More...
Her group captain Amit Gupta was later suspended from service by the Indian Air Force after he was arrested in connection with the alleged suicide of former officer Anjali Gupta.
Constable Amrita Akolekar
In 2013, Amrita Akolekar, a woman constable alleged that she was sexual harassed by three of her seniors, following which one of them was suspended. She was reportedly suspended after she allegedly misbehaved with another senior. Later, she attempted suicide in the Vidhan Bhavan after she was unable to meet the chief minister and home minister. Read more...
Punishment not enough:
File photo of Lt Gen AK Nanda
Lt Gen Nanda sexual harassment case
In 2010, a colonel's wife accused Lt Gen AK Nanda, the army's Engineer-in-Chief, of sexual misconduct during an official trip to Israel. She had travelled to Tel Aviv with her husband, Nanda's then technical secretary. Read more...
Though initial reports suggested strict action and possibility of him getting court martialled, Nanda was punished with just an administrative reprimand for violating service decorum. The reasons cited were that the main allegations against him were "not conclusively established" in a court of inquiry (CoI). Read more...
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