AIR official found guilty of sexually harassing 9 women colleagues across various radio stations

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The Hush Post | 18:43 pm | one-minute-read

An All India Radio (AIR) official has been demoted from his position by two ranks after being found guilty of sexually harassing his female colleagues. He will face a salary cut as well.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) stated on Friday that the official was found guilty of sexual harassment of his female colleagues. In a statement, the NCW said, “The disciplinary authority accepted the recommendations and the authority imposed a major penalty of reduction to a lower pay scale by two stages for one year and no increment during the reduction period.”

The NCW further stated, “After the expiry of one year, the reduction period will have an effect on subsequent increments. The accused was also transferred as an administrative measure.”

Nine women employees of AIR have accused the official of sexual harassment. The commission received a formal complaint dated November 12 from the office-bearers of the All India Radio Casual Announcer and Comperes Union alleging sexual harassment at the workplace of casual announcers and comperes working in different stations of the AIR across country.

The NCW took up the matter with the Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, and CEO, Prasar Bharti, and demanded an inquiry against the official.

In response to the NCW’s demand of inquiry, Prasar Bharti had also mentioned certain preventive measures taken by the AIR, like installation of CCTV cameras at vantage points, posting of women Programme Executives as station in-charge, and providing transport facility to women employees during odd hours.

The Prasar Bharti Secretariat even asked its centres to send quarterly progress reports related to sexual harassment complaints which are being inquired into by the respective internal committees.

Earlier, on November 9, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to ensure “a sensitive and fair system” for female employees at the state-owned AIR to address the sexual harassment complaints.

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