Two former women employees of a LED bulb manufacturing company in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind on Wednesday alleged that they were sexually exploited by senior colleagues, allegations company official said were baseless.
The two women, Kiran and Sunita (name changed) said they were former employees at the Malanpur plant of the company and alleged that they were “mentally and physical harassed” by senior officials of the company, including the vice president (human resource) BK Behra.
Kiran, who claimed she was an HR officer at the plant, said she was sacked from her job after she refused to bow down before the pressure of her seniors who wanted her not to side with “harassed” women employees. She said she lost the job in July 2016, as she refused to sexual advances of Behra.
The other employee, Sunita, said she tried to attempt suicide by consuming paint thinner on July 5, 2016, after she was allegedly sexually harassed by two of her seniors at the plant. When she brought the matter to Behra’s notice, instead of helping her, he sacked her, she said.
The two women also alleged that when their complaints were not addressed by the company officials, they reported the matter to different authorities, including Malanpur police station, district superintendent of police, inspector general of police (Chambal range), Bhind district collector, the state women’s commission and the chief minister’s helpline, they were yet to get justice against their tormentors.
Former minister and state Congress vice-president Govind Singh, told reporters at a news conference that he will writing a letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, demanding stern action against the police who failed to act on the complaints of the two women.
Instead of helping the two women, police are trying to cover up the entire episode, he said.
“The party will also raise the issue during the winter session of the assembly next month and if no action is initiated against the company officials …we’ll demonstrate outside the plant in Malanpur,” said Singh, the Congress legislator from Lahar.
When contacted BK Behra, vice president (HR), denied the allegations made by the two women as baseless. One of two women worked as caretakers on contract, he said.
“After her job was confirmed she was brought on the company’s payroll, she started seeking for a transfer to the company’s Maharajpura plant in Gwalior,” Behra said. “Since the management refused to transfer her to Gwalior, she started concocting false stories about harassment…
“With the help of another women employee, she tried to honey trap a senior colleague filmed the official with the other women employee at her house. The women employee used for honey trap, however, spilled the beans before the police, saying that she was offered Rs 25 lakh for her involvement.”
Inspector general of police (Chambal range) Umesh Joga, said the complaints of both the women were thoroughly probed by the Bhind police, but nothing incriminating was found against the company officials.