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Woman links sack to harassment at office

A young professional at a private firm in the city has complained that she has been sacked after she refused to obey her employers’ order to extend sexual favours to clients.

The woman, in her early 20s, lodged a complaint with Shakespeare Sarani police station on Wednesday against a director and a woman who works as personal assistant to the company’s chief executive officer.

The complainant, who worked in the public relations wing of the Shakespeare Sarani-based company, has alleged that the accused had put her under “tremendous mental pressure”.

She mentioned in her complaint that she had been asked to “entertain” some “high-profile” clients of the company.

The woman alleged that pressures to extend sexual favours to clients started mounting on her right after she had joined the company three months ago.

She alleged that her refusal to carry out such orders finally resulted in the management transferring her to the company’s Paradip office in Odisha.

“Her service was terminated apparently after she protested the transfer and refused to shift to Paradip,” said an officer of Shakespeare Sarani police station.

Police sources said the complainant had not produced any electronic or written evidence to substantiate her allegations.

“Based on the woman’s complaint, we have started a case under sections 354A and 354D of the Indian Penal Code. An investigation has been started. No one has been arrested till now,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.

Section 354A is related to charges of “sexual harassment of the nature of unwelcome physical contact and advances or a demand or request for sexual favours or showing pornography”, while Section 354D deals with stalking.

Both are bailable offences. If convicted, the duo could be jailed for up to three years.