Kerala: Women employees stripped at private firm, complaint lodged

A lady staff mustered courage to complaint fearing that they were stripped in a room which was under CCTV surveillance.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: December 29, 2014 3:04 am
A lady staff mustered courage to complaint fearing that they were stripped in a room which was under CCTV surveillance. (Source: Reuters photo/file) A lady staff mustered courage to complaint fearing that they were stripped in a room which was under CCTV surveillance. (Source: Reuters photo/file)

Women employees at a private firm in the Special Economic Zone in Kochi were allegedly stripped after their lady supervisors wanted to know who had left a used sanitary napkin in toilet. Police have registered a case against two lady supervisors on charges of outraging the modesty of women. The state women’s commission has intervened in the incident.

The incident was reported at Asma Rubber Private Limited, which is functioning at the Kochi SEZ. As per the complaint, the incident took place on December 10 when the lady supervisors found used sanitary napkin in the bathroom. As their grilling did not help find the woman who used the napkin, the supervisors decided to go for a strip search of women employees aged below 50. Thus, 45 women were subjected to the humiliating examination to find who was menstruating.

The complaint was moved four days back, but the police registered the case only on Saturday. Thrikkakara station house inspector T K Josy said the complaint was handed over to the women police cell. “We have got the case transferred from the local police on Sunday. We would begin the probe only on Monday after recording the statements of the workers and their supervisors,’’ women police cell said.

Kerala women’s commission member Lissy Jose said the commission has sought stern action against the supervisors in the humiliating incident. She said the panel would seek an explanation from the company management, although police said there was no complaint against the management.

Representative of Asma Rubber Private Limited was not available for comment.

Various women and social organisations have planned a march towards the Kochi SEZ on Monday demanding action against the culprits.

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    Ann Maria
    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm
    Asma Rubber Private Limited is a shame to kerala
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      Harkumar A.P.
      Jan 1, 2015 at 8:38 am
      but in the news nothing such a fact is mentioned. they couldnt spot out who was the culprit they were looking for even after the stripping test. It shows that someone from outside deliberately put the thing there and made a controversial scene out of it and reaped the harvest of the so called generated news...... this is the modern strategy of making news out of nothing, nowhere, anytime.......those who watched it were all fooled by the news making mafia......This could also be happened......I believe....
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        rakesh
        Jan 1, 2015 at 8:36 am
        Stupid it's not your imagination story post blog.feel in this situation compare with your family members involving this.
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          Soizic Du
          Jan 7, 2015 at 1:17 am
          This is beyond belief!! Completely disgusting and very creepy!
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            Soizic Du
            Jan 7, 2015 at 1:21 am
            you're kidding right?Not sure if I understood however, so i apologise if I have.
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              vin2040
              Jan 8, 2015 at 8:09 am
              no wonder the factory is named "asma", do I need to say more that it belongs to secular "peaceful" pracioners?
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                aaptard
                Dec 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm
                kahan ghus e kiss of love ke chamche ?
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                  avi
                  Dec 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm
                  And all breaks loose...
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                    ANIL
                    Dec 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm
                    wondecharactersrful in a educated state of kerala ,shame on these
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                      KrishMadathil
                      Dec 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm
                      If ASMA RUbbers is minority run,then church/IUML will intervene,then Chandy/Kunjalikutty will intervene and again if the woman who complained is also minority then she will withdraw her complaiint ,and finally everything will be made 'perfect -end of story' !This is how system works in God's own country - be it a sanitary pad or a case of molestation.
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                        NBM
                        Dec 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm
                        Sack the supervisor. If they had any management skills they would have looked into ways of how the problem would have been dealt with in future by providing sanitary disposal bins (as hey do in the west) and made sure the toilets were cleaned on a daily basis!
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                          not me
                          Dec 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm
                          some revolution.that.
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                            pubsub007
                            Dec 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm
                            why do you want to give communal color to it? and what ll ur bjp do? force women to use clothes instead of napkins as in 'ancient india'
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                              Raju Charles
                              Dec 30, 2014 at 5:32 am
                              Att: Moral Police in Kerala!
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                                MAHBOOB SAEEDI
                                Dec 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm
                                If it is a true and correct incident it is most unfortunate and all efforts are to be made to nab the culprits.
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                                  Shama Rao
                                  Dec 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm
                                  Where are we heading to? Was there any ban on women"s peroid in the Company?
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