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2010 Rape Case: Man Discharged for a Delay of Six Years in Filing the FIR

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New Delhi, December 6, 2016: A man was discharged by a fast track court due to lack of valid justification for a delay of six years in filing a FIR. In 2010, the man had allegedly raped a 30-year-old after spiking her drink with a sedative.

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Praveen Kumar, the Additional Sessions Judge refused to charge the Delhi resident under the sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntary causing hurt) of the IPC, because the plaintiff had not lodged a FIR for the offences for six years.

According to PTI, the judge said, “No complaint was lodged by the woman till May 27, 2016, though she was allegedly raped by the accused for the first time on June 16, 2010. As per prosecutrix, she was raped for the last time on May 21, 2016. There is no valid justification for the delay in lodging the FIR”.

The judge further said that a delay of one or two days would be justified given the circumstances of the given case but the FIR was lodged after six whole years and the accuser did not raise alarm and cry or even lodge a report with the police against the alleged criminal for forcible sexual contact.

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The court also rejected charges claiming that the accuser was being blackmailed and threatened by the alleged man with obscene videos because no evidence of the existence of such videos was recovered during the investigation by the police.

According to the prosecution, the woman who is a mother of two children had professional relations with the accused who came into her house in June 2010 and on serving her a sedative-laced drink, raped her. The woman filed a complaint with the police this year.

The woman claimed that he repeatedly raped her while blackmailing her with their obscene pictures and videos. According to PTI, the accused claimed to help his opposition financially as she had problems with her husband and when he asked for his money, she falsely accused him of the atrocity.

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According to the PTI report, the judge said, “After sifting and weighing the evidence for the limited purpose of finding out whether or not a prima facie case is made out against the accused, I am of the opinion that the materials placed before the court do not disclose grave suspicion against the accused for framing a charge against him for committing the offences…Accordingly, accused in the present case is discharged.”

-prepared by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker.

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Sexual Harassment: Microsoft Employees Write The Email Chain To Initiate An Investigation

"As a Microsoft Partner, was asked to sit on someone's lap twice in one meeting in front of HR and other executives," she wrote, adding that no one objected to the demand.

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An email chain full of sexual harassment claims by women employees prompted Microsoft to initiate an investigation into the issue, according to a report in the Quartz.

Started on March 20, the email chain contains allegations of sexual harassment ranging from sexist comments during work trips to being told to sit on a co-worker’s lap in front of a human resources leader, said the report.

 

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Another Microsoft employee alleged that while she was working as a “Microsoft Partner” – a senior level person in the organisation – she was asked to sit on a co-worker’s lap. Pixabay

“This thread has pulled the scab off a festering wound. The collective anger and frustration is palpable. A wide audience is now listening. And you know what? I’m good with that,” one Microsoft employee in the email chain wrote, according to Quartz, which independently verified the content of the emails with two Microsoft employees.

According to an account of one female Microsoft employee in the email chain, an employee of a partner company threatened to kill her if she did not perform implied sexual acts.

The employee said she had raised an alarm, but HR and the management did nothing to assuage her concerns.

Another Microsoft employee alleged that while she was working as a “Microsoft Partner” – a senior level person in the organisation – she was asked to sit on a co-worker’s lap.

“As a Microsoft Partner, was asked to sit on someone’s lap twice in one meeting in front of HR and other executives,” she wrote, adding that no one objected to the demand.

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According to an account of one female Microsoft employee in the email chain, an employee of a partner company threatened to kill her if she did not perform implied sexual acts. 
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After dozens of emails had accumulated on the chain, Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s head of human resources, replied on March 29 that she had raised the issue with the company’s senior leadership team, and would personally look into claims that were initially overlooked by HR.

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This is not the first time Microsoft faced scrutiny for sexual harassment claims.

According to a class action lawsuit filed in March 2018, the software giant did not take seriously 238 cases of sexual harassment or discrimination between 2010 and 2016. (IANS)