March 21, 2012 5:03:42 am
Delivering the judgment in Jyotikumari gangrape and murder case,principal district and sessions judge Anant Badar said the heinous crime had put a question mark over the safety of working women in the city.
Citing a recent study,the court said 40 per cent employees in the BPO sector were women and the case had underlined the need for their safety.
The court pointed out,Safety of working women in a city like Pune,which is attaining the status of an IT hub,came under jeopardy due to the crime. The impact of the criminal act of accused has virtually thrown the safety and security of working women in Pune out of gear.
In a research study conducted by associated Chamber of Commerce and Industries of India sponsored by the National Commission of Women,it was found that women working night shifts in BPO constitute 40 per cent of the workforce.
One assumption of their families is that despite odd working hours,their daughter will be safe because the company will take care of them. The judgment also referred to the case of rape and murder of Pratibha Murty by a taxi driver.
Such crimes create a negative impact and deter women from seeking employment in lucrative sectors due to gender discrimination act of sexual offences. In that sense,the crime in question has not only affected one family but all working women and their families, the order added.
Activist Shubha Shamim said,More number of convictions will definitely deter criminals. Thus,efforts must be made to increase the conviction rate. But on the other hand,precautions must be taken,especially by the employers,to ensure the safety and security of working women.
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