The workforce in Gurgaon remains connected through the increasing number of social media channels and popular chat apps such as WhatsApp. While these applications have helped people remain in constant touch and boost productivity, there are also negative ramifications as the number of workers being abused through social media in Gurgaon is on a rise.
Workers also share pornography, abusive jokes, and sensitive material, generally targeted at another employee, over the internet.
In a recent incident, a Gurgaon-based doctor registered a complaint against unknown persons who were posting objectionable photos of her on social media after hacking her account.
She said unknown persons also called her on the phone and abused her. The doctor says she suspects her co-workers and ex-colleagues of instigating the abuse. The city police booked the case under IT Act and is investigating the issue.
In another incident, a 35-year-old employee of a reputed company was booked for sending obscene messages and pictures through WhatsApp to a woman working in the same firm. The man had been sending these messages from an unknown number to a 30-year-old woman for the last two months.
The police took note of the messages sent to her through WhatsApp and tracked the unknown number. They found the person who was sending the messages to be one of her co-workers.
Experts, however, say only few of these incidents get reported and there are a large number of such cases in which no complaint is made.
Anuradha Sharma, chairman of the local complaints committee against sexual harassment at workplace, says a complaint should be registered on the first instance when somebody receives inappropriate messages.
“The social media is being abused and there is a need to check this at the first instance,” she said.
Gurgaon police commissioner Navdip Singh Virk, meanwhile says that the cyber cell of the Gurgaon police is equipped and well trained to tackle these issues.