Three founders ousted in three weeks; why startups fail to check sexual harassment
Priya says most cases of sexual harassment at workplace go unreported and women often are not sure of their rights. “They resort to dealing with the situation themselves, often changing jobs or continue suffering,” she says.
A study on sexual harassment at workplace by the Indian National Bar Association proves just that. The study, conducted between April and October 2016, showed that nearly 69% of the victims of sexual abuse chose not to complain to the management fearing repercussions or retaliation.
To improve this situation, says Singh, startups should establish clear processes and rules that would help them handle sexual harassment issues more righteously.
Priya agrees, saying that startups should build a culture that offers a level of comfort and confidence for women to fight for their rights.
“It’s quite amazing to see that companies and investors supporting the victims and taking strong steps to improve the culture. That’s a huge encouragement for women to come out,” she says.
“One definite outcome from the huge publicity of these incidents is that it will empower more women to demand and get justice,” she adds.