#Asia Sexual harassment charge filed against another Indian digital media site’s founder

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  • Mumbai police have registered a complaint of sexual harassment against Suparn Pandey, CEO and co-founder of Indian digital media site ScoopWhoop. Like Buzzfeed, it focuses on social and entertainment posts. It has a section dedicated to women.
  • In the complaint, a senior executive who worked at ScoopWhoop from 2015 until recently says Suparn got uncomfortably close under various pretexts and also touched her inappropriately. She says he also made remarks in public about her sexuality.
  • The complainant also accuses co-founders Sattvik Mishra and Sriparna Tikekar of abetting the harassment. She says they took no action despite repeated complaints by her. On the contrary, she was repeatedly put in situations where she had to work closely with Suparn.
  • The complaint says the sexual harassment and threats against lodging a formal complaint escalated until she had to quit. “Mr. Pandey got so bold as to send me a lewd video over the official Gmail chat, in which the words were “aapnu jeans dheeli karo” (“loosen your jeans”),” reads the FIR (first information report) filed with the police.
  • ScoopWhoop has issued a statement on the allegation. “We are extending full cooperation to the police to conduct a full and fair investigation into the matter,” it says.
  • This comes a month after Mumbai police booked Arunabh Kumar, the founder of another digital media site, The Viral Fever, on charges of sexual harassment made by a former employee that went viral on social media.

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