Now security is not the only concern that one can rely on for the safety of women. It is quite clear from the incident that took place in Pune Infosys campus on 29th January in which a security guard murdered Infosys software engineer Rasila Raju.
Based on the same, Pune police released an advisory for software companies on Wednesday.
The advisory consists of an idea to implement a “buddy system” across the companies in the city that ensures no woman staffer works alone, continuous monitoring of CCTV footage and checking the emotional condition of staffers, including security guards.
The police encountered various lapses in the security measures adopted by the company that resulted in the murder of Rasila. One of the lapses being that Rasila was non-monitoring of the CCTV footage and working alone in the offshore development centre (ODC) room on the weekend.
Pune is the ground for more than 125 IT companies which are spread across the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park at Hinjewadi. Some companies are located at Kharadi off the Pune-Ahmednagar road, besides smaller IT parks at Talawade, Aundh and Wakad, among other areas.
As per the advisory, no women should be picked-up first and dropped last by the cabs provided by the companies. All the security guards should be cross-checked for the background details before hiring them.
Joint commissioner of police Sunil Ramanand in a statement said, “Security is the most important concern at the IT companies. There should be a watch at internal security. These companies must adopt buddy system for women, should monitor the pickup and drop facility, regularly monitor the CCTV cameras, keep a check on the emotional health of the employees and guards to ensure their mental stability.”
Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe has also asked the police commissioner Rashmi Shukla that IT companies should be told to hire women security guards to accompany female employees of the company when they are picked up from and dropped to their residences.