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Female colleagues booked for Noida techie’s death

They had accused him of sexual harassment on Tuesday

Two days after an assistant vice-president with a professional services firm was found hanging in his rented flat in Noida, his family on Thursday filed an abetment to suicide case against two of his colleagues who had accused him of sexual harassment and the senior management of the company.

Suspended immediately

The techie’s wife told journalists that she was unaware of the harassment complaint against him despite working in the same office. She said the allegations were raised against him on Tuesday itself, after which the management suspended him without preliminary investigation.

The woman found her 35-year-old husband hanging from the fan in their rented flat in Noida Sector 137 after she returned from office around 11 p.m. on Tuesday. The couple got married five years ago.

Surajpur Station House Officer Muneesh Chauhan said, “On the basis of a complaint given by the family members of the deceased, we have registered a case against the company, the officials who were in the deciding committee [for his suspension] and two unnamed female colleagues who had raised the allegations against him under Section 306 [abetment to suicide] of the Indian Penal Code.”

In a note addressed to his wife, the techie had written, “The allegations are baseless but the entire company will know about it. Hence, I do not have the courage to face everyone. I want you to be strong and live your life with respect because your husband did not do anything.”

The techie’s wife said, “The company should have investigated the allegations against him because he was with them for 11 years. During this time, he handled teams with many female colleagues and none of them had ever complained against him.”

She added, “The company and his two colleagues are responsible for his death. I will seek strict action against them. The management could have informed me about the harassment complaint against him but failed to do so. He died because of that.”

Company statement

Meanwhile, the company said in a statement, “Our priority is to protect the privacy of the deceased employee. We would prefer not to divulge details of the complaint at this stage.”

“We would like to state that the complaint included serious allegations of sexual harassment, which were being duly investigated by the Internal Complaints Committee [ICC]. To ensure fair and unbiased inquiry, he [the deceased] was placed under temporary suspension pending closure of inquiry in line with legal requirements and company policy... This is a very difficult time for all of us as an organisation, and as friends and colleagues of the deceased. Our hearts go out to his family in this time of grief. We implore the public and media to give them space and dignity they deserve.”

Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health. Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 am -7.30 pm

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