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murder,rape and destroying evidence in the sixth case A file image of Surender Koli News18 CBI judge Pawan Tiwari held him guilty in the caserelating to a 25-year-old domestic help at the house of Koli’semployer Moninder Singh Pandher before she disappeared on 31 October 2006 The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on 7 October Special public prosecutor (CBI) Jai Prakash Sharma saidthe CBI judge found Koli guilty of abduction murder and rapeof the woman and destroying evidence The Nithari case came to light in 2006 when policediscovered skulls and bones of 19 people from near Pandher’shouse in the Noida village The case was handed over to CBI for theprobe A total of 19 cases were lodged and CBI filed closurereports in three of them due to lack of evidence Sixteen cases were filed against Koli of which court hadawarded death sentence in five Updated: February 26 2015 3:52 am The lack of knowledge about the definition of sexual harassment a comprehensive policy for prevention and resolution of sexual harassment at workplaces is an urgent concern that needs to be addressed and understood as a reason why women could feel forced to not complain Related News A victim of sexual harassment speaks out about why most women choose to remain silent Yet again we are confronted with a case of sexual harassment that involves a high-profile individual Yet again an oft-repeated question has raised its head: Why does the victim stay silent before she complains if at all Years ago I had begun to face sexual harassment by the head of the organisation where I worked Soon I realised that I was not the only one Some female colleagues occasionally dropped hints about his “misdemeanours” while others shared details of their “secret” Many times his harassment of a woman became the subject of a Chinese-whispers-like conversation that took place in office corridors and by water dispensers Like the woman who travelled with him to a conference abroad but never came back to the office not even to collect her salary Sometimes the harassment was conspicuous: on his frequent “rounds” of the office he would walk past cubicles eyeing women sometimes pausing to have a good look pass a comment at her dress tickle a woman on her waistline there or rub a shoulder here It was expected and accepted that those who called by him for a meeting in his room were harassed I also gathered that this was an “old habit” of “sir” predating many of us Yet in this organisation of a few hundred people rampant sexual harassment and its common knowledge among staff female employees had largely remained silent Of the many answers to the question about women’s silence a female colleague who received “tight body hugs” as a “ritual” from our boss told me that she did not know that those disconcerting hugs constituted “sexual harassment” Like many men and women she too knew that what the boss did to her was unwelcome and she didn’t like it But she only learnt it was a legal offence much later Mind you this was a young woman who worked as part of our human resource team and this incident dates to the post-Vishakha guidelines (1997) time when sexual harassment committees and policies should have been in place Another example of the common ignorance about legal definitions of harassment policy guidelines and rights of employees comes from my own experience I assumed that only a testimony against my harasser would be seen as a baseless charge perhaps by a disgruntled employee and therefore I must gather “evidence” What I and perhaps many other victims of sexual harassment do not realise is that their rejection and refusal of unwelcome sexual innuendos remarks gestures etc are in themselves the strongest evidence of sexual harassment The lack of knowledge about the definition of sexual harassment a comprehensive policy for prevention and resolution of sexual harassment at workplaces its workings and procedures is an urgent concern that needs to be addressed and understood as a reason why women could feel forced to not complain When I decided to do something about this harassment I thought of complaining within the organisation I did consider that given that the harasser was the boss of the organisation any person I complained to would be the boss’s junior and therefore in a direct or indirect reporting relationship with him Despite realising the futility of such a complaint I decided to do it nonetheless As feared the senior I complained to did not take my allegations seriously He argued that I had wrongly interpreted the boss’s actions and words The man I offered my complaint to smiled it off making me feel slightly ridiculed As I walked out of this meeting I regretted having spoken to him at all wondering if he would now turn this into salacious gossip the hushed kind that I had been privy to all this while Ridicule trivialisation negation and/ or belittlement of the claims of a complainant is a major fear that keeps the crime of sexual harassment invisible and its victims mute In my efforts to collect anonymous testimonies from the other harassed against the harasser I encountered some other answers to the question of why victims of sexual harassment prefer to remain silent or if financial circumstances allow even quit the organisation but not confront the perpetrator I approached a former colleague who had also been harassed but had not lodged any complaint I requested her to share her experiences with me anonymously Sternly asked by her family (marital and natal) to not engage in the exercise she was sceptical They feared shame and gossip about her the victim As seen in many if not most cases of sexual harassment the victim’s looks clothes schedule taste lifestyle and reputation become a matter of great speculation Being a married woman her parents worried that her charges against a sexual harasser would impact her reputation in the marital house She understood that her family was wrong in asking her to keep quiet about a repeat sexual harasser and agreed to speak to me but went to great lengths to ensure that her identity could in no way be traced through her statement After many more assurances she finally shared her testimony with me but kept it very terse general and vague The pain of being pulled by patriarchal notions of shame on one side ethics and justice on another and fear on yet another tighten the knots of the victim’s dilemma While “hostile” is an operative word in the definition of sexual harassment in the workplace in India its connotation should also include the hostile environments outside the workplace such as the victim’s own family who instead of offering emotional support and solidarity to her in a battle against the sexual harasser train their guns on her If honour and shame are at the root of their behaviour what could be more shameful than hiding the crime under the carpet and not standing up against it The chances of women being silence about sexual harassment can be greater when the harasser is a man of power and cultural and political clout The inequities of class and its many corollaries such as lack of access to justice are crucial variables too Fear of threats damage to life and so on has been real and high when and if the law does not guarantee the anonymity and protection of victims Besides at the workplace or on the street when sexual harassment can be excused as “eve-teasing” for years and the sociocultural discourse condones harassment as harmless ched-chaad can we blame only the young woman for her silence In the imagined hierarchy of sexual crime and violence against women rape and murder score high not groping or sexually laden remarks The Vishaka Guidelines against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace as laid down by the Supreme Court in 1997 or the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 are rendered ineffective till we address other socio-legal-cultural underpinnings that cause women to keep quiet So the next time we ask why victims of sexual harassment stay silent we must also simultaneously ask if how when and where they can speak For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Rohit Alok | Mumbai | Published: February 6 2017 3:41 am Besides the affluent Hiranandani complex the rest of the ward is mainly “work in progress” Pradip Das Top News Powai resident Nandini Gupta says she plans to start wearing a back brace to work For the 6-km daily commute from her home to the nearest railway station is literally back-breaking “The roads in this part of the city are hellish While the roads inside (Powai’s) Hiranandani Complex provide some relief those around it are bumpy and unpaved We used to call it rocky road but the joke is not funny anymore” says Gupta 32 a media planner who uses auto-rickshaw for daily travel A trip around the S Ward which covers parts of Powai Vikhroli Kanjurmarg and Bhandup in the eastern suburbs reveals that besides the affluent Hiranandani complex near Powai lake the rest of the ward is mainly “work in progress” Corporators admit Kanjurmarg (East) is dotted with irregular developments In Bhandup there are complaints of slum and hawker encroachments The Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg — the region’s main arterial road — has several bottlenecks Local Congress corporator Suresh Koparkar identifies shoddy road work incomplete roads and lack of civic amenities for legal and illegal slum colonies existing on hilly terrains as the main issues dogging the region There is a sizeable slum population that resides on such terrains in seven out of the 14 seats in the belt “There are issues of water supply garbage disposal sanitation in these areas During monsoons there is a constant threat to life and property due to landslides Along the foothills waterlogging and flooding occur annually” says Koparkar Supplying water and maintaining the adequate pressure to ensure supply to all serviced slums is another major issue complain corporators “With there being lack of water people are forced to collect water in large tumblers giving rise to the perennial problem of mosquitoes and dengue cases of which are reported through the year” adds Korparkar Mangesh Pawar who was elected as an Independent corporator from a Kanjurmarg seat in 2012 and has now switched over to the BJP rues that restrictions due to the presence of ecosensitive salt pan land and mangrove patches hamper development work The Kanjurmarg dumping facility is also located in his belt “There is a lot of stink from the dumping ground In addition the salt pan officers don’t even allow us to make an efficient drainage system in the area” says Pawar Lack of hospitals is also cited as major problem in the area The Mahatma Phule Hospital in Vikhroli (East) is the sole civic hospital in the region NCP’s Chandan Sharma sitting corporator from Powai says demands for another civic healthcare facility in the region have been consistently turned down While the uptown Hiranandani Complex spread over 100 acres was originally designed as a residential township it has now transformed into a business and commercial hub Besides lending a new dimension to the locality this has also brought its own set of problems Commuting through parts of Powai is a nightmare Last September local residents even launched an online petition to protest against the apathy of corporate shuttle buses “ruthless drivers” and lack of traffic personnel “The disparity is clear On the Powai hillock you have Hiranandani Complex on one side and the other side only has slums The problem now with Hiranandani is that it has got overcrowded with residents from nearby even for basic amenities like a grocery store” claims Samarra Duut a resident of Hiranandani’s Somerset Towers For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: Complimenting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its thumping victory in Delhi Assembly elections the industry today said the decisive mandate provides a great opportunity for the new government to take the state to the next level of development Industry body CII expressed confidence that the new government would be industry friendly and would strengthen Delhi’s position both economically and socially AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal celebrates the party’s victory Naresh Sharma/ Firstpost "We look forward to work with the state leadership on a focused agenda comprising GST skill development promotion of the services sector upgradation of industrial areas and green energy water conservation and women’s safety" CII said in a statement It said the chamber has prepared a vision document 2020 for Delhi and would be interacting with the new government to take it forward in partnership "Our focus will be to project Delhi as the knowledge hub of India by promotion of education innovation research and development life sciences healthcare knowledge tourism and creative industry" it added PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has described the massive mandate of the people of Delhi in favour of AAP a vote for clean politics and cleaner governance "Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi should make all possible attempts to provision for education women safety water electricity and well as make equally sounder efforts for the industrial development of Delhi" president of PHDCCI Alok Shriram said He said the capital city needs altogether new infrastructure adequate water and power for its economic upliftment However he cautioned that AAP leadership should "not indulge in an excessive exercise for giving out doles even for vulnerable as such measures might prove counterproductive and promote lethargy in the system in the long run" Assocham said that a landslide victory of AAP is serious reminder to the major political parties policy makers and India Inc that a new aspiration class lies at the bottom of pyramid and not the conventional middle class PTI Written by Coomi Kapoor | Updated: June 26 2016 1:51 am RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s failure to get along with the Central government and secure a second term reminds old timers of the case of his father (Source: PTI) Top News Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi left this Monday for Istanbul traveling on Turkish Airways Gandhi conveyed to his SPG that since he was making a private trip he did not need their protection as it would only attract attention It is not known whether the SPG agreed to his request Istanbul is believed not to be Gandhi’s final destination He is to be away for around 10 days and some wonder whether he will re-visit Myanmar where he had gone last year for a Buddhist retreat during his mysterious 56-day absence from India CPM’s divisions The Congress was completely taken aback when at the meeting of the empowered committee of state finance ministers in West Bengal Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Isaac announced that his state would support the GST Bill Congress leaders spoke to CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and senior leader Prakash Karat questioning how the Kerala unit could backtrack on the CPM’s position The CPM central committee’s recent meeting in Delhi was a stormy affair Isaac was pulled up even though his Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan conceded that he had backed him on GST The fireworks at the meeting reflect the dissensions in the normally disciplined party However for the record the central committee merely announced that it would want to build a consensus around the GST Bill before taking a final decision Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news Like father RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s failure to get along with the Central government and secure a second term reminds old timers of the case of his father R Govindarajan a former additional secretary R&AW As prime minister Rajiv Gandhi saw to it that Govindrajan was denied a promotion in R&AW Gandhi was unhappy because he had contacted Govindarajan on the night of the Swedish Radio broadcast alleging that payments had been made to Indians for the Bofors deal Gandhi wanted Govindrajan to “handle’’ the fall-out He assumed that Govindrajan would contact Swedish intelligence agencies and ensure that a lid was put on the scam Gandhi felt that Govindrajan failed to react dynamically On the other hand M K Narayanan then director IB worked late into the night telephoning newspaper editors to ensure that the news was buried in some obscure place or not carried at all (The Indian Express was the exception which displayed the news prominently) Govindrajan was never made secretary R&AW He felt he was unfairly treated and wanted to approach CAT (Central Administrative Tribunal) for redressal However Narayanan interceded As a compromise Govindrajan was appointed chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee Birthday greetings The BJP’s Gujarat state executive held its meeting in Mehsana on Wednesday The choice of the venue and date of the meeting was significant Mehsana happens to be the constituency of Nitin Patel a senior minister in Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s Cabinet who holds several important portfolios including health Wednesday June 22 also happened to be Nitin Patel’s birthday Members of the Gujarat BJP see this as an indication of Nitin Patel’s increasing clout While some wonder whether this suggests that he is likely to replace Anandiben shortly others are furiously trying to find out how Mehsana was decided upon as the venue Significantly Nitin Patel had met the PM last month The BJP is anxious to appoint a successor to Anandiben who has been unable to control the Patel agitation Mehsana in fact is the district from where the Patel agitation originated Satrap’s clout After facing regional revolts in Chhattisgarh and Punjab with Ajit Jogi leaving the party and Amarinder Singh threatening to walk out if his terms were not met the Congress high command has become more respectful of regional satraps In Karnataka it allowed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah a free hand After successfully fielding a third candidate for the Rajya Sabha by splitting Deve Gowda’s JD(S) votes the CM dropped 14 ministers and installed 13 others in their place a large number of them Lingayats There were protests but Siddaramaiah remained firm Congress Lok Sabha leader Mallikarjun Kharge relented when his son was inducted as a state minister Siddaramiah’s point is that he contributes the maximum to the party’s central coffers and if the party wants to rule the state for another term it should not interfere Originally from the JD(S) Siddaramaiah is keen to ensure that his rivals are not patronised by the Congress leadership in Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | New Delhi | Published: December 29 2016 2:59 pm Disha Patani is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film Kung Fu Yoga which will also star legendary actor Jackie Chan Related News Actress Disha Patani says she is not looking for being the best in the industry and doesn’t aim to be a superstar Asked if she fears failure Disha told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “I think the most amazing thing about me joining the Bollywood industry…I never aim to be a superstar I never believe to be like the best That’s not what I am looking for” “I love to work I love the camera and I like to act I want to do different kind of things in acting and doing a film doesn’t only include acting it includes dancing and many other things” Disha who made her acting debut in 2015 with the film “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” added that she likes the whole aura about shooting on a set and never thinks about failure and success “I understand that you cannot always be on the top or be the best It’s not in my mind right now Maybe I think it is too early I am just a film old” she said More from the world of Entertainment: The 24-year-old says she is only thinking about doing good films and “parts that people would remember” She is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film Kung Fu Yoga which will also star legendary actor Jackie Chan In the film which is slated to release on January 28 next year Disha will be seen playing an archaeologist The Sino-Indian project is part of the three-film agreement signed between China and India during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India The film also stars actors Amyra Dastur and Sonu Sood Directed by Stanley Tong the action comedy film was shot in India Dubai and Beijing For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News was on Wednesday held guilty of abduction.

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