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Bank vp held for sexual harassment

mumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2010 01:13 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times
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A senior executive with a multinational bank was arrested on February 3 for allegedly sexually harassing a junior executive at work for over a month.

Anand Giridhar, who works as vice-president (Finance) at Deutsche Bank, was booked under section 354 (assault or use of criminal force with intent to outrage modesty of a woman) and section 509 (words, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police Sub-Inspector P Naik of Goregaon (East) police station said Giridhar was released on bail after he was produced before a magistrate the next day.

The complainant, an unmarried 26-year-old woman, who works as a chartered accountant at the Nirlon office (Goregaon, east) of the German bank, said in her complaint that Giridhar was “after her” ever since the finance section of the bank moved there on December 12.

Initially, Giridhar told her he was unhappy with his wife. Later once, she alleged, he sent her a text message inviting her to a café in Colaba, which she turned down. “One day, in the office, he came and pulled my chair. He did that on many occasions.”

She added that on January 27, after pulling her chair again, “He called me into his cabin, caught my hand and made obscene remarks about my figure, saying it gave him pleasure when my body shook.”

Even after she complained to the bank’s management on February 1, the harassment didn’t stop, she alleged. The bank has instituted an inquiry against Giridhar.