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ScoopWhoop issues statement after complaint of sexual harassment against co-founder

ScoopWhoop Media put out a statement on Wednesday regarding the alleged case of sexual abuse by the company’s co-founder Suparn Pandey against one of its employees. The company said that it has forwarded the complaint to its Internal Complaints Committee and that the investigation is ongoing.

“The complaint was forwarded to the Internal Complaints Committee immediately on receipt and is being inquired. The company is adhering to the rules and regulations set forth by the Supreme Court against sexual harassment at workplace and the investigation is ongoing,” the statement read.

The complainant also accused the two other co-founders of ScoopWhoop –Sattvik Mishra and Sriparna Tikekar–of abetting harassment and attempting to bury the complaint. The Delhi Police has registered a case against Pandey under Section 354 A (sexual harassment), Section 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), and Section 506 (criminal intimidation), CatchNews reported. The complainant has also accused Pandey of sending her lewd videos and physically violating her on many occasions.

The statement came hours after a long-tail news website leaked internal emails, including complaints, between the complainant and the company’s directors. The leak followed an internal email that was sent out by the company CEO Sattvik Mishra to ScoopWhoop’s employees.

Note: The material was picked up by many other websites and is irresponsible and damaging journalism. The published material easily gives out the identity of the complainant. Interestingly, none of the publications vouch for the authenticity of the material published.

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TVF case: The case of sexual abuse at ScoopWhoop follows allegations of sexual abuse and attempts to bury another such complaint at web entertainment firm The Viral Fever. Arunabh Kumar, CEO of TVF, was accused by two women of sexual harassment in March this year. The case is still pending. Earlier this week, Kumar managed an interim relief in cases after the police summoned him for questioning.

Sexual harassment laws: India passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, in 2013. The act mandates schools, colleges, hospitals, employers and local authorities to set up grievance redressal committees to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment. Despite statues to fine employers Rs 50,000 for failing to comply with the Act, few Indian companies comply with the law. According to an Ernst and Young-Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry report, 36% Indian companies and 25% multinational companies in India are not compliant with Act.

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