Friday, February 3, 2017

Pune techie Rasila's murder: 'Implement buddy system for female staff'

2 February 2017

PUNE: The police, in an advisory released for software companies in the city on Wednesday, has recommended a "buddy system" to ensure that no woman staffer works alone, continuous monitoring of CCTV footage and checking the emotional condition of staffers, including security guards.

The advisory, which is not legally binding, comes in the wake of the brutal murder of Infosys software engineer Rasila Raju OP on the company's campus in Hinjewadi on January 29. A security guard has been arrested in connection with the murder.

The police have prima facie found various lapses in the security measures adopted by the company, which include the fact that Rasila was working alone in the offshore development centre (ODC) room where she was murdered and non-monitoring of the CCTV footage.

Pune has more than 125 IT and IT-enabled service companies spread across the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park at Hinjewadi and the IT corridor at Kharadi off the Pune-Ahmednagar road, besides smaller IT parks at Talawade, Aundh and Wakad, among other areas.

The advisory also suggests that no woman employee should be picked up first or dropped last in the cabs provided by the companies. It also advises a background check of the security guards at the companies. 


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