The wife of the late Genpact senior executive, Swaroop Raj who committed suicide over allegations of sexual harassment in Noida, blamed the multi-national company and the two employees of the firm for her husband’s demise. Two female employees from Genpact had accused him of sexual harassment on December 12 and the company had suspended him on December 18 till the investigations in the case were complete. In his purported suicide note, he denied the allegations and said that even he was proven innocent, his reputation had been tarnished for life and he wouldn't be able to return to the office. He also wrote that he loved his wife dearly and that she should be strong and live with respect. The police have registered an abetment to suicide case against the women and other employees of the company.
The police also found a suspension letter from the office which said that Swaroop would not be allowed to work as long as the investigation into the sexual harassment case against him was on. However, his wife blamed the company for taking such a harsh step without knowing the truth. She said that Genpact did not even talk to Swaroop to clarify things on his end, adding that suspending her husband on a mere complaint was unfair.
Swaroop joined Genpact in 2007, and his wife also worked in the same office, and they got married two years ago. The body of the 35-year-old was found hanging from the ceiling at their apartment in the Paramount Floraville society in Noida Sector 137 by his wife around 11.30 pm when she returned from work. In the suicide note, he explained what made him take the extreme step.
A spokesperson from the company said, “Genpact’s foremost priority is to protect the privacy of the deceased employee and at this stage, we would prefer not to divulge the details of the complaint. However, we want to emphasize that the complaint made serious allegations of sexual harassment which were to be duly investigated by the Internal Complaints Committee ("ICC"). To have a fair, uninfluenced inquiry, he was placed under temporary suspension pending the closure of the inquiry in line with legal requirement and company policy so that ICC could carry out a reasonable investigation into the allegations received from two female employees. This is a very difficult time for all of us, as an organization and as friends and colleagues of the deceased. Our hearts go out to his family in this time of grief. We implore the public and media to give them the space and dignity they deserve.”
It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the news of an employee’s untimely death. Our heart goes out to his family during this time of grief. In view of the dialogue surrounding this event, here is our official statement. pic.twitter.com/Gnfmr2OKf1— Genpact (@Genpact) December 20, 2018