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‘Forced himself on me, touched me inappropriately’: male intern of Bengaluru company accuses manager of sexual harassment

A male employee of a Bengaluru-based mobile marketing company has accused one of the product managers of the organisation of sexual harassment at ‘workplace’. The victim, an intern in the company, has shared an email addressed to the management of the company about the details of the incident on X, which has now gone viral.

On its part, the company’s chief human resource officer has said an investigation into the case will be taken up on priority and that the company will arrive at a fair conclusion in less than the legal timeline for such matters.

In his communication to the organisation, the victim said he was invited by the project manager “to their place after being manipulated and falsely comforted” on September 7 at around 12.30 am.

“During this encounter, he tried to force himself upon me, touched me inappropriately, and said disturbing things which I can’t begin to describe. I left all my stuff, my laptop, iPad, AirPods, and a few clothes there and escaped the place to go to a safer location that he was not aware of. I now realize that all his previous actions and conversations for the past few months were leading to this terrible incident,” said the victim, adding he has not talked to the accused since the incident occurred.

He further alleged that despite bringing it to the notice of the company, the management did not initiate any action against the accused.

However, the company’s chief human resource officer refuted the charges and said the company responded within 12 hours of receiving the complaint and initiated proceedings.

“We offered the complainant counseling support within 24 hrs of receiving the complaint. In the last 12 days, we moved swiftly to conduct four investigative meetings with the personnel involved. We have consistently communicated to the extent possible without compromising the confidentiality and objectivity of the process,” said the chief human resource officer in an email to The Indian Express.

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The officer said, “As part of the process, we need to hear all parties involved in an unbiased manner. The established procedure for responding to complaints about harassment in the workplace is comprehensive & extensive. We will run the process with empathy, urgency & diligence, and ensure that we arrive at a fair conclusion in less than the legal timeline for such matters.”

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Men, a non-profit organisation, and the Bengaluru City Police have taken note of the incident. The police have also asked the victim to share the contact details and details of the incident.

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However, the victim has not registered any formal complaint with the police as of now.

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