ScoopWhoop co-founder Suparn Pandey booked for sexually harassing ex-employee: Reports

A former female employee of ScoopWhoop has levelled charges of sexual assault against the company's co-founder Suparn Pandey and an FIR has been registered in the case.

According to a report in Catch News, the complainant has also named co-founders Sattvik Mishra and Sriparna Tikekar for aiding and abetting the harassment while trying to hush up the whole matter.

The complainant, according to the news report, alleges that throughout her course of employment with the company — between 2015 and 2017 — Pandey passed lewed remarks and publicly humiliated her on her 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”, the Catch News article quotes the FIR.

Meanwhile, ScoopWhoop has issued a formal statement after the issue made headlines. The news website has said that it will take due action against Pandey if he is found guilty.

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

Another report in India Today states that the complainant was harassed physically as well. The complainant all this while, repeatedly tried to raise the matter with other co-founders, including Sriparna Tikekar but the management not only failed to take action against Pandey but even "reprimanded and humiliated the complainant."

She alleged that she was even forced to work in close proximity of Pandey, especially after she brought the  issue to the management's notice. The complainant said that when she tried to escalate the matter and report the matter to the Police, ScoopWhoop's management threatened to destroy her career and discouraged her from talking about it.

The issue is oddly reminiscent of the controversy courted by The Viral Fever CEO, Arunabh Kumar. Former employees of the company had alleged sexual harassment in workplace in social media posts and later an FIR was lodged against Kumar. He had later said in his defence that he was a "single heterosexual man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she's sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong?" The statement created a lot of furor and Kumar drew much flak for not only trivialising the issue of sexual harassment at workplace but for stereotyping men.

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Updated Date: Apr 12, 2017 17:10:43 IST