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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: The sexual crimes against women are highest in Uttar Pradesh. Out of the total 7079 cases registered for gang-rape, custodial rape and stalking offenses, the cases registered in UP stand at 1592. Further, UP has recorded the highest incidences in each of these three categories. The statistics were released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) which has compiled the crimes that were registered across the country in 2014 and published its latest data on crimes.

picture: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
picture: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

The NCRB report says that in 2014 alone, 36,700 cases of rape were registered across the country. The NCRB has further categorized the sexual crimes against women into various categories like gang-rape, stalking, voyeurism, sexual harassment at workplace and molestation in public transport, according to a report published in Times of India.

Out of the total 36,700 cases of rape, around 2300 cases were that of gang-rape. Of these, Uttar Pradesh alone recorded around 570 cases, the highest in the country.

Uttar Pradesh was also notoriously ahead with respect to cases of custodial rape and stalking. Out of the total 197 recorded rapes committed in police custody, 187 (around 90%) were recorded in UP. Similarly, out of 4600 cases of stalking, UP stood at 835, followed by Maharashtra at 797.

The highest rate of stalking cases was recorded in Delhi, where 541 stalking cases forming 6 offense per lakh population were registered. Goa registered second highest rate of stalking at 2.8 per lakh population.

Further, around 4200 cases of attempt to rapes and 674 cases of voyeurism were registered across the country. Voyeurism was highest at Goa, followed by Assam.

Around 57 cases of sexual harassment at “office”, around 469 cases of sexual harassment at “other places of work” and 121 cases of sexual harassment in public transport were recorded across the country. Sexual harassment in public transport was highest in Andhra Pradesh (65), followed by Kerala (11).

The NCRB data shows only the cases that were registered with the police. Hence, the data may not reflect the actual scenario on the ground.

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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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Melinda Gates said the brash culture at the famously tough, revolutionary tech company made her want to quit. Pixabay

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)