Safety of working women should be public concern: HC

Rosy Sequeira TNN

Mumbai: The safety of working women should be treated as a matter of public concern, the Bombay high court has said in its detailed judgment confirming death rap for the rapists-killers of Pune BPO employee Jyotikumari Chaudhary.

On November 1, 2007 Chaudhary (22), who worked with Wipro’s BPO at Hinjewadi, was raped and killed by Puroshottam Borate (then 26), the driver of a car hired by her company, and his friend Pradeep Kokade (then 20).

The high court, on September 17, 2012, had upheld death penalty awarded to the two.

In their 159-page judgment uploaded on October 23, 2012, a division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode categorically stated that women in the town would not be safe if the duo are released and there is no guarantee that they would not commit the same or similar offence. “The accused committed the said act in a cold-blooded and diabolical manner,” they said, adding that they are beyond reformation. The judges said they acted on their “on their own with the sole object of disregard to civilized and moral values of showing respect and dignity to a woman and her life.”

The judges said neither their age, nor their family background or even their lack of criminal antecedents would be mitigating circumstances in their favour. “So far as accused no.1 (Borate) is concerned, he was happily married and his wife was pregnant at the relevant time. However, the accused no.1 (Borate) did not take into consideration the condition of his wife or his mother while committing the said offence and, as a result, his wife deserted him and his widowed mother is being looked after by his nephew and niece. So far as accused no.2 (Kokade) is concerned, he has two sisters who are looking after his widowed mother,” the judges wrote.

The judges said there was blatant violation of rules laid down by the company. According to rules, if the first pickup is of a female employee, there has to

be a security guard in the vehicle. They added that Kokate not only disobeyed the rule but ensured that Borade, with whom he had tacit agreement, travels with him and sits in such a position where he could be in a position to overpower Jyotikumari, in case she resisted. “Safety of women who travel alone while going to work or while coming back to their residences either from their office or from the airport is a matter of public concern,” said the judges.

Adding that the issue of their security must be addressed, they requested the chief justice to convert it into a public interest litigation to lay guidelines or issue directions to the government as well as private companies and public organizations.


Times of India, Mumbai


From India, Malappuram

Dear Sir
Thanks for the updates... Diabolical is the word which I learn from the write up...
Let's hope that the scenario in the country will be changing with the law enforcement agencies become more stringent...

From India

It is a great judgement given by Bombay High Court. Let us expect the Centralised Guidelines which will cover entire country for safety of the women employees.
From India, Kumbakonam
Yes, Bombay high court has taken a good decision. Every company must employ safety measures for all working women!!
From India, Hyderabad
Dear PCA,
Thanks for the update.
All companies shall make a rule that the feamle employees shall not over stay at the office beyond specified time. In case required the companies shll make arrangements to drop them back.
The BPO and KPO companies have to revert from Flexible time duty to fixed duty hours, as many of them offer flexible time duties to employees.
Let us wait for the Guideline from the Govt.
Thanks & Regards,

From India, Nasik

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