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After TVF, ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey accused of sexual harassment

An alleged case of sexual harassment and assault has now come out against ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey. Photograph: (WION)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 12, 2017, 11.39 AM (IST)

A month after TVF founder Arunabh Kumar was accused of sexual harassment by unknown women, an alleged case of sexual harassment and sexual assault has now come out against ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey.

An FIR has been filed against Suparn Pandey after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him. The other co-founders of the organisation have also been named in this case. Reportedly, the charges against the co-founder have been made by a senior executive of ScoopWhoop Media.

According to Catch News, “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.”

The Vasant Kunj Police Station has booked Suparn under Sections 354 A (sexual harassment), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

Responding to the alleged charges, ScoopWhoop has issued a statement saying, “We are fully prepared to accept the findings of the investigations and dutifully take the necessary action if found guilty.”

Here’s the full statement issued by ScoopWhoop:

ScoopWhoop strongly condemns any kind of harassment at the workplace. We work towards ensuring a safe and secure workplace for all our employees and take any complaints of harassment extremely seriously.

In line with workplace laws, ScoopWhoop has an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). The ICC constitutes of two of our most senior and experienced women employees and an independent observer who has served on ICC panels across various prestigious and international companies.

40 percent of our workforce is women and we have equal representation in senior leadership positions. We have taken every step to ensure the complainant gets a fair hearing and are following the rule book on workplace harassment.

The complaint was forwarded to the ICC immediately on receipt and the same is being inquired as per law. The company is adhering to the rules and regulations set forth by the Hon. Supreme Court of India and the law of the land against sexual harassment at workplace and the investigation is ongoing.

As an FIR has also been filed separately by the complainant, and the police investigation is ongoing, we are extending full cooperation to the police to conduct a full and fair investigation into the matter.

We are fully prepared to accept the findings of the investigations and dutifully take the necessary action if found guilty.

The Mumbai police last month booked web entertainment firm The Viral Fever's founder Arunabh Kumar for allegedly causing sexual harassment to unknown women. The suburban Andheri police registered a case against Kumar under Sections 354 A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (insult the modesty of a woman by indecent words, gesture or acts) of Indian Penal Code.

(WION)

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