New Delhi : Doordarshan Television is in the eye of sexual harassment storm when three of its employees alleged that they were sexually harassed by their superiors on the pretext of getting their contracts renewed. One of the complaints dates back to 2015.
Doordarshan Television in sexual harassment
“I was threatened and abused when I approached the internal committee dealing with sexual harassment complaints. The committee was fair and gave its recommendations but they were paid no heed to by the authorities,” one of the women alleged.
Employees allege sexual harassment in Doordarshan Television
She claimed she filed the complaint against the accused in 2015. The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) ordered his suspension but it was not followed by DD authorities, she said. While one of the women worked in DD Bhopal, two are from DD Delhi. Two of the women came with their faces covered. Only two of them spoke.
The women, all of then contractual employees, did not get into details of the harassment incidents. One of the three women claimed she had not been paid her salary for eight months – ever since she complained to the ICC. The woman told reporters that she filed the complaint with the ICC in March 2018. No action was taken against the superior she had complained about.
#MeToo in Doordarshan Television
Instead, she was transferred and was not allowed to join her new assignment, she alleged. Varuna Bhandari, a lawyer, who is advising the victims, said she had been approached by seven other women employees also from Doordarshan who have alleged sexual harassment at their work place. “In nine out of 10 cases, the ICC did not pay attention to the sexual harassment complaints,” Bhandari claimed at the press conference.