Sexual Harassment Charges On ScoopWhoop Co-Founder! Complainant Accused Company To Cover Up The Issue!!

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One of the most followed site of India which always tries to showcase itself as forward thinking and youth friendly internet media channel is now in deep trouble. In fact, ScoopWhoop went a step further with this by starting a feminist webzine, Vagabomb. The team which has published many articles and columns on sexual harassment at work place and recently published articles on TVF sexual harassment case on Arunabh Kumar.

In an exclusive report by Catch news ScoopWhoop’s co-founder Suparn Pandey has been booked for sexual harassment and sexual assault by a former employee. The FIR (No. 0117) was filed at the Vasant Kunj (South) Police Station (Delhi) and it invokes section 354 A (sexual harassment), section 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), and section 506 (criminal intimidation).

Going further Catch news has stated that “Instead of the light, fun, and progressive space that ScoopWhoop claims to be, the FIR paints a damning picture of an organisation that is anything but. In it, ScoopWhoop is shown to be an organisation with no clear systems of redressal for sexual harassment; one where co-founders condone each other’s transgressions, while conspiring to cover up their misdeeds. All of this, at the cost of employees.”

How It Happened?

The report stated that the complainant, who worked at ScoopWhoop between 2015 and 2017, claims that her ordeal lasted for almost the entirety of her tenure at the company. She alleges that it began with verbal harassment from Pandey, who targeted her with “inappropriate comments and lewd remarks”.

ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey filed for anticipatory bail today, but was denied the same. The court, however, has told Delhi police that they will have to provide Pandey with 5 days notice before arresting him. When contacted for a comment, ScoopWhoop co-founder Sattvik Mishra said that the organisation would release a statement in the next few hours.

Instead of the light, fun, and progressive space that ScoopWhoop claims to be, the FIR paints a damning picture of an organisation that is anything but. In it, ScoopWhoop is shown to be an organisation with no clear systems of redressal for sexual harassment; one where co-founders condone each other’s transgressions, while conspiring to cover up their misdeeds. All of this, at the cost of employees.

In the FIR, the complainant, who worked at ScoopWhoop between 2015 and 2017, claims that her ordeal lasted for almost the entirety of her tenure at the company. She alleges that it began with verbal harassment from Pandey, who targeted her with “inappropriate comments and lewd remarks”. At one point, the FIR recounts, Pandey even went as far as to comment on the complainant’s sexuality.

“Mr. Suparn Pandey in public commented on my sexuality and this comment included calling me a names (sic.) which reflected on my sexual orientation and my sexual preferenes (sic.) as well as characterized me in a certain way”, states the FIR. While in a lot of cases, such incidents go unreported, usually due to intimidation, in this case the complainant claims to have raised the matter initially with ScoopWhoop co-founder Sriparna Tikekar. While Tikekar allegedly assured her that such behaviour wouldn’t be repeated, she did not take any action against Pandey.

While the complainant tried to salvage the situation, steering well clear of Pandey, the FIR alleges that the company’s earlier inaction only emboldened Pandey. Under various pretexts, Pandey repeatedly got uncomfortably close, often trying to play with her hair. Pandey was even brazen enough to allegedly send her a lewd video on the company’s official Gmail chat.

Despite this, she claims she was allegedly put in multiple situations where she was forced to work in close quarters with Pandey, and was “reprimanded and humiliated” when she refused. When she attempted to lodge a formal complaint, she alleges that she was dissuaded from doing so. She claims that she was eventually intimidated by the co-founders of the company, who threatened to hurt her career and defame her publicly. Following these events, she eventually resigned.

Also Read- TVF Founder In Trouple For Sexual Harassment With Ex-Employee

Original Publishing Source-CatchNews


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