The board of iGate Corp, an information technology outsourcing services provider, has sacked chief executive officer and president Phaneesh Murthy following an investigation into a claim of sexual harassment.
Here are some high-profile cases of sexual harassment:
David Davidar, author and former president of Penguin
Lost his job because of allegations of sexual harassment by Lisa Rundle, an employee at Penguin. Rundle had alleged that she was sexually harassed by Davidar for three years, and was assaulted in 2009 during the Frankfurt Book Fair. She made an out-of-court settlement with him and the publishing company in 2010.
Anand Jon, fashion designer
Jon, once a high-flying designer working for the likes of Paris Hilton and Mary J Blige, is currently serving a 59-year jail sentence in California for one count of rape and 15 counts of sexual assault on girls as young as 14. He has yet to stand trial in New York and Texas to face similar allegations. He was convicted in 2008 for allegedly luring young women with promises of modelling work.
SPS Rathore, former Haryana inspector general of police
Rathore was convicted in 2009 for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra in 1990. After years of harassment by officials, Ruchika committed suicide in 1993. Though he was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in jail, the SC granted him bail after six months in November 2010.
KPS Gill, former Punjab director general of police
Gill was found guilty of outraging the modesty of Rupan Deol Bajaj, an IAS officer, by a trial court in 1996. She had complained in 1988 that Gill had made sexual advances at a party where he was allegedly drunk. The conviction was upheld in the Supreme Court in 2005, but he did not serve any jail time.
SURVEY: 88% of women in India’s IT/BPO sector reported having witnesses some form of workplace sexual harassment, according to the Workplace Sexual Harassment Survey conducted by NGO Centre for Transforming India in 2010.