Scoopwhoop co-founder accused of sexual harassment
An ex-female employee of Scoopwhoop, media and news company, levelled charges of sexual assault against Suparn Pandey, the company’s co-founder and an FIR has been registered for the same, according to Catch News report. The complainant has also named Sattvik Mishra and Sriparna Tikekar, co-founders for aiding the harassment while trying to hush up the matter.
During her entire tenure in the company, according to the news report, sometime between 2015-2017- the complainant faced lewd remarks and public humiliation on her sexuality. “Mr Suparn Pandey in public commented on my sexuality and this comment included calling me names (sic.) which reflected on my sexual orientation and my sexual preferences (sic.) as well as characterized me in a certain way,” the Catch News article quotes the FIR.
Another report by Hindustan Times states the complaint accuses Pandey of touching the woman inappropriately and sending her suggestive videos. Confirming the complaint, additional deputy commissioner of police (south) Chinmoy Biswal said a case under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) and 506 (criminal intimidation) has been registered, according to HT report. Pandey has not responded to HT’s calls or messages.
This issue follows the recent controversy centred around Arunabh Kumar, CEO of The Viral Fever. Ex-employees of the organisation alleged sexual harassment at workplace on social media posts. Later an FIR was lodged against the digital content creator’s firm. Kumar had later said in his defence that he was a “single heterosexual man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy. I compliement women. Is that wrong?”