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33-year-old female IT staffer molested on road connecting Hinjewadi IT Park

Complaint was registered after a day as the victim was in a state of shock 

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Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
IT,Hinjewadi,Hinjewadi IT Park
The incident came to light after the woman was brought to the hospital by her peers a day later.(HT FILE PHOTO)

The incident of molestation of a 33-year-old employee of a leading IT firm near the Chande-Nande road along the Mula -Mutha river on Wednesday has once again highlighted the need for adequate security for women employees of the IT Park at Hinjewadi.

Giving details of the incident, additional commissioner of police Shashikant Shinde told reporters on Friday that the victim left her office at Hinjewadi IT Park for home on her moped at 4 pm. As it started raining, she stopped her two wheeler to wear a raincoat on the Chande-Nande road that connects the Hinjewadi IT park to Chandani Chowk. It was during this time that two men in a mini-truck approached her and tried to molest her. However, after seeing some vehicles approaching the spot, the duo fled.

The incident came to light after the woman was brought to the hospital by her peers a day later.

“The woman came to the hospital with two of her friends complaining of shoulder and epigastric pain around 11 am. While taking her medical history, they mentioned the incident which happened the day before. As per protocol, we had to inform the police,” said Dr Krishna Mehta, general administration manager at the private hospital where she was taken.

“The woman is scared and in a state of shock at the moment. We will probe the case thoroughly,” said Shinde. She took the longer route to avoid traffic on the stretch that she generally takes to reach home, said Ganesh Shinde, deputy commissioner of police, Zone-1.

A case will be registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 354 at Hinjewadi police station and transferred to Baramati rural police, he added.

The employees in the IT parks in the city have to face various issues to get to work. Especially in reaching Hinjewadi, a 35-year-old female employee of an IT firm said that the traffic is a major issue while travelling to and from her workplace in Phase 3.

“I travel in my car and I have recently started working in the area. My work hours are from 9 am to 6 pm. Even though the distance isn’t much, it takes at least 40 minutes to reach work due to the traffic,” she said.

Another female employee who avails the transport provided by her company said that even though her company makes her work in shifts, it provides transport with a security guard. “It was very difficult to get this job. Working in shifts is a bit difficult. But they provide a cab and only 3-4 people travel in a cab at a time. We get a call asking whether we have reached home or not,” the 22-year-old said.

The incident occurred months after a female IT engineer, named Antara Das, who used to work in one of the IT parks in the city was found murdered. Police suspect that Santosh Kumar Gupta, 24, a man known to the 23-year-old software engineer, had hatched a plan to kill her after she decided to avoid him.

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