New Delhi: An IT professional in Noida has committed suicide in the wake of suspension from the company following sexual harassment charges against him by two colleagues, said reports on Thursday. An Assistant Vice President with Genpact, Swaroop Raj hanged himself from the fan after receiving a suspension letter from the company. (Also read: MJ Akbar Files Defamation Case Against Journalist Priya Ramani)
Thirty-five-year-old Raj addressed his suicide note to his wife in which he claimed that he was innocent and the charges against him baseless. He added that he knew that even if he came clean, people will still suspect him. Reminding his wife of his love for her, Raj asked her to continue to live with her head held high as he hadn’t done any wrong.
“He was terminated from the services over sexual harassment allegations levelled by 2 of his office colleagues,” said Nishank Sharma, circle officer (CO) in Greater Noida. Sources said two women employees had levelled sexual harassment charges against Raj following which, an internal inquiry was conducted by the company. The charges were found to be true and hence, Raj was suspended.
Raj lived with his wife Kriti in a highrise in Sector 137, Noida. The couple, who met while working in Genpact, had got married two years ago. On Monday, when Kriti returned from work late in the evening, she discovered Raj hanging from the ceiling fan. His suicide note and suspension letter were found beside the body.
The suspension letter clearly stated that while Raj wasn’t required to report to work or even work from home, he couldn’t find another job. His family alleged that had the company held a proper inquiry, Raj would’ve been proved innocent and wouldn’t have had to take the extreme step.
The body was taken for postmortem. An investigation is currently underway, said CO Sharma.