Mumbai: Bank employee alleges sexual harassment at work

Mumbai: A female employee of HDFC bank took to social media to raise her voice against sexual harassment faced by her at workplace. The bank has asked the bank manager, whose names has surfaced in this case, to go on a leave till the time the investigation is on.

The employee has filed a FIR in Dholpur Police station and is awaiting investigation to be completed. A case has been registered under section 354 of the IPC, which defines the offence of ‘assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty’.

Recalling the words of the accused bank manager, the female employee wrote on social media that the manager told her to take his orders or else her career would be at stake. While this employee, through her social media posts, had claimed that the bank has not connected with her, the bank said otherwise.

HDFC’s corporate communication head, Neeraj Jha, in a tweet wrote to the alleged victim stating that someone from the investigation team has contacted her. In a statement, Jha said, “A committee has already been constituted to investigate the case on a judicious basis, and will submit its report at the earliest.

The concerned branch manager has been asked to proceed on leave pending investigation to ensure a fair and objective inquiry. The bank has zero-tolerance policy and an institutionalised process framework to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all. We assure all that law will take its course and if found guilty, appropriate action will be taken.”

The bank official stated that the bank is treating this case with seriousness. This case got attention of many including Amruta Fadnavis, vice president, corporate head at Axis bank and also wife of Chief Minister of Maharashtra. She tweeted to the victim, “I hope they have registered and taken care of your issue.”

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