Recently, TVF’s co-founder had been booked for sexual harassment, and post this the news of Vikas Bahl being accused of the same came out. Similar news that has shaken the Social media is of ScoopWhoop’s Co-Founder Suparn Pandey being booked for Sexual Assault and Harassment of a former employee.
A former senior executive of ScoopWhoop has made the complaint against Suparn. She has also accused the other co-founders- Sattvik Mishra and Sriparna Tikekar of covering up the matter and abetting the harassment. The FIR has been lodged at the Vasant Kunj Police Station (South) in New Delhi. It cites section 354A, 509, and 506 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) which are for Sexual Harassment, Insulting the modesty of a woman and Criminal Intimidation respectively.
The issue was first reported by Catch News.
According to the complainant, she had been facing lewd comments and inappropriate remarks during her entire two-year work span at ScoopWhoop. As reported by Catch News, she reported that Suparn publicly commented on her sexuality and sexual preferences. She also stated in the FIR that the co-founder tried to get physically close to her and had sent lewd videos to her on the official Gmail Chat.
As she made complaints against him internally to Co-founder Sriparna, no action was taken against Suparn. She was publicly humiliated and was made to work in closed quarters with Suparn, after making repeated complaints.
The former executive also adds that Suparn showed up at work drunk and tried to get intimate with her when she was alone at her desk.
There’s been a recent update that Suparn filed for an anticipatory bail but was denied the same. The court has asked the Delhi Police to give him a 5 day notice period before arresting him.
ScoopWhoop released a statement on 12th April saying that dutiful action will be taken against Suparn if he is found guilty. It agrees to “accept the findings of the investigations and dutifully take the necessary action if found guilty”. You can read the full statement here.
ScoopWhoop also released an internal email, sent to all its employees, to a news outlet named NewsD and has leaked the victim’s old emails which identify her by her verticals in the company. This has violated section 228A which not just prohibits naming the victim but also identifying the victim by any other means. Both ScoopWhoop and NewsD have blatantly harassed the victim by violating the law.
The complainant gave a short interview to the Indian Express where she said that she will fight this till the end. She says, “Since June, 2016, I have consistently complained to the organisation about Pandey’s behaviour. There was no committee in place to address this till much later, which is why I had to take it to my seniors. When they did constitute a committee, I gave my statement, hoping for a redressal”
“I have given a statement to police and to a judge, and I am going to fight this till the end. This should not happen to anyone else. I quit my job because of this. The atmosphere at work was ruined and there was no action against Pandey. Today, the founders have come up with a statement, which is mere lip service”, the full statement reads.