Social organisation condemns rape, murder of BPO employee

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Mumbai, Nov 8 (UNI) A city-based social organisation today condemned the recent rape and murder of a 22-year-old employee of Spectramind, a business process outsourcing (BPO) unit of Wipro, near Pune and demanded that the company pay Rs 50 lakh compensation to the deceased's family.

Jyoti Kumari Choudhary was raped and murdered, allegedly by the drop vehicle's driver and his associate on November one and they later dumped her body next to the old Mumbai-Pune Highway. Next day morning, her body was found, bearing brutal injuries, from Talegaon-Dabhade on the outskirts of the city.

Expressing deep collective anguish at the senseless death of Jyoti Kumari Choudhary, the Young Professionals Collective (YPC), an organisation working for welfare of call centre and BPO employees, general secretary Vinod Shetty demanded that Wipro should pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the deceased's family.

''We are shocked of the callous attitude shown by the Wipro managers towards the safety of their employees, especially women employees,'' he said.

On Monday, another BPO woman employee Preeti Ganguly was attacked in her residence at Dadar in Central Mumbai after she returned home early morning from the night shift. In Maharashtra today, there are more than three lakh employees working in the BPO/IT industry, he informed.

He said the organisation feels that the BPO companies, which are raking in huge profits, are very apathetic to the safety and security of their employees. The BPOs employ 'cost-cutting measures' when it comes to facilities like transport, security, maintenance and catering, which are generally outsourced in most establishments.

Recalling the similar death of Pratibha Murthy in 2005 in Bangalore, Mr Shetty said the then Mumbai Police Commissioner A N Roy had convened a meeting of BPO employers and representatives of employees, wherein the representatives had demanded that the BPO employers should appoint the drivers directly on their payroll or from registered employees with Employment Exchange Board after checking their antecedents.

''Instead, we find that the BPOs regularly outsource the transport facility and the employees are left at the mercy of the transport contractors who employ drivers haphazardly,'' he said.

The organisation has also urged the Maharashtra government to convene a high-level meeting with the representatives of BPO companies, Labour Secretary, Home Secretary, Pune Police Commissioner, Mumbai Police Commissioner, representatives of NGOs and representatives of employees, for consultation on effective measures to be adopted to safeguard the interests of employees, especially women, working in night shifts, he added.


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