New Delhi: An accused was proven guilty in nine cases of sexual harassment at All India Radio (AIR) and strict action has been taken against him, stated the National Commission for Women (NCW). The charges against the accused were confirmed in the enquiries conducted by the AIR’s Internal Committee, said broadcasting company Prasar Bharati.

The NCW in a statement said, “The disciplinary authority accepted the recommendations and the authority imposed a major penalty of reduction to a lower pay scale by two stages for one year and no increment during the reduction period. After the expiration of one year, the reduction period will have effects on subsequent increments.”The accused was also transferred as an administrative measure, the statement added.

A report by Prasar Bharati stated that AIR has taken preventive steps by posting women Programme Executives as station In-Charge, installing CCTV cameras at vantage points, and providing transport facility to women employees at odd hours.

Further, the Secretariat has advised the directorates of Prasar Bharati to send quarterly progress reports in respect of sexual harassment complaints being inquired into by the respective Internal Committees.

The National Commission for Women has received an Action Taken Report (ATR) from Prasar Bharati regarding steps taken on sexual harassment complaints by women employees of All India Radio against an officer.

The NCW, in its letter dated 15th November, had directed the CEO, Prasar Bharati to conduct an enquiry into the complaints after it received a formal complaint dated November 12 from the All India Radio Casual Announcer and Comperes Union alleging sexual harassment at workplace of casual announcers and compares working in different stations of AIR throughout the country.

The NCW had sought an ATR within 15 days. The matter was also brought to the notice of I&B secretary Amit Khare for his “personal intervention” in the matter.

Earlier on November 9, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to ensure that a “sensitive and fair system” is put in place at the state-owned AIR to address the sexual harassment complaints.

(With PTI inputs)