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JNU controversy: One-sided negativity should not be perpetrated

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By Yagya Datt Sharma

In this era of technology, All it takes is just a software to fabricate a video or a picture & then publish it in social media to make a mountain out of a mole. Many TV channels are now reporting that video of JNU student leader was doctored by adding anti-national slogans.

If this is true, can we even understand the pain that the parents of the guy had felt when their son was declared as anti-national or terrorist without the verification of evidences? Many people even declared the whole JNU as anti-national based on the actions of the few, because making such declarations strengthens their image of being nationalist in their friends circle.

I still don’t know the truth, and the courts will eventually give their judgment. The fact is, even I felt disturbed by hearing hatred slogans against the country. And every person who chants hatred slogans, breaks integrity, or incites violence, must be punished by the law, whether they are students of any college, or lawyers who take the law into their own hands. But, the people sitting in chilling AC, watching TV, and doing Facebook at least should not give judgement about someone or his family and should not call them Anti-Nationals, until it’s proven in the courts. I don’t support any political ideologies, be it left or right. I only support solutions and care for someone’s parents’ feelings, until they are convicted.

If we consider ourselves educated, then we must realize that it is our duty to come out of the attitude of spreading one sided negativity, which can harm someone until it’s proven. Otherwise It will take us nowhere and the country will keep on having inconclusive TV debates on these regular issues.

Yagya Datt Sharma is an Engineer at Hughes Systique Corporation.

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Star ICC Asks Anonymous Accuser Of Sexual Assault Charges To Step Forward

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were "clear instructions" given to make the sales team fulfil the targets.

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#MeToo: Star India internal panel writes to anonymous accuser to come forward

The Internal Complaints Committee of Star India on Sexual Harassment (Star ICC) has written to the anonymous accuser — who had alleged “sexual exploitation” of women employees — asking her to reach out to the committee or its external member on allegations made by her in tweets.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Star ICC, formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 said it had reached out to the accuser through two emails on the ID provided by her through her tweets. The committee’s external member is Veena Gowda, a Mumbai-based woman rights lawyer.

The accuser, who tweeted through handle @ApurvaS17 — saying she would remain anonymous — had made sexual harassment allegations against the company’s officials in an open letter.

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Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt.

Asked to comment on the allegations, a Star India spokesperson said in a statement that despite no response by the anonymous accuser to the messages sent, the Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy” in respect of the allegations.

“We strongly urge any genuine complainant to approach the Star ICC. At Star, we stand with women in drawing the line on any behaviour that violates human dignity or the ability for women to pursue their dreams with respect and freedom. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment,” read the statement in response to an email query by IANS.

It also said that the anonymous tweet shared on October 13 raised an allegation that “runs completely counter to everything we believe in and the norms and values that we deeply embrace.”

The statement further said: “Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt to malign and defame the reputation of the company and the CEO.” It said that Star reserves its right to initiate appropriate legal proceedings in this regard.

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The Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy.

The accuser in her tweets had said that the #MeToo movement had encouraged her to come forward and that she had quit her job at Star India in the Airtime Sales section after 26 months and nine days and was now a homemaker, “taking care of my baby and hubby in a beautiful country, far away from Mumbai.”

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were “clear instructions” given to make the sales team fulfil the targets in case they want to continue with their employment contract, “for which even if you have to take the clients to a hotel room and sleep with them for days.”

She said there were many instances when she and three of her female colleagues (interns) had clear instructions to reach a hotel after office hours for a private party hosted for influential friends.

Also Read: India’s Junior Foreign Minister M.J. Akbar Quits Following #MeToo Harassment Allegation By Women

She says the influential friends were “mostly bureaucrats and sometimes politicians and foreign nationals” who were “all ready to violate you, force you to dance against your wishes, drink with them, make drink(s) for them, exchange your numbers and even quietly accompany them to their respective rooms if they want you to”.

Veteran writer-director Vinta Nanda, who earlier this month accused actor Alok Nath of sexually violating her 19 years ago, wrote on Twitter: “I’m neither shocked nor surprised. I salute your courage to have come out and spoken out. The rot runs deep.” (IANS)