Can Parliament, which makes laws for the country, overlook the security of women employees of the Lok Sabha TV that comes under its care?
This was the core discussion of a meeting on Sunday between Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and the editorial staff of Lok Sabha TV, which is operated and owned by the Lower House.
The staff highlighted the problems of an anchor, who was told that her services were not required after she pointed to the lack of security for women employees returning home late from work. Employers are required under law to give women employees protection.
The employees of the channel also sought the Speaker’s intervention in what they called questionable editorial decisions taken by the CEO/Editor-in-Chief at the behest of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.