Soni Jagadish working with Nokia Company in Bangalore committed suicide on Friday 26th September 2008 citing harassment by her seniors as the reason for the extreme step. In her suicide note, she mentioned two Managers Teja and Sachin of harassing her and causing lot of mental trauma. The police have charged both the managers under IPC 306, abetting sucide. Both the managers are absconding since her death.
Soni Jagadish hails from Mysore and her father works as a Central Government employee. Soni was a very ambitious girl and wanted to make it big in Bangalore. She was staying in Jayanagar IX block, Bangalore. She did not report at work on Friday, 26th September and her cell phone was also switched off. Her colleagues and friends contacted her father and with the help of the police when they break open her house, they found her hanging. There were suicide notes on the floor, addressed to her parents, her brother and her close friend Venkat. Seems like there was yet another note accusing the managers, where she said she was harassed because she refused to entertain the guys’ team. Police are investigating as to what exactly she meant by that and questioning all colleagues and friends. Police have further sealed her cubicle so that no evidence can be tampered. She was working Nokia Branch Office in Prestige Tech Park in Devaravisanhallai.
On Monday, members of Karantaka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) staged a dharna in front of the Nokia Office demanding compensation of Indian Rupees 1 Million for Soni’s family. Praveen Kumar Shetty from KRV said that the management has showed the “Order of Dismissal” to those managers and has agreed to pay compensation to the family of Soni.
Both the managers are missing and Police said since they did not present themselves and clarified their stand, they think managers are absconding and have really harassed the employee. The management of Nokia Company are extending full support to the police for fair investigation.
The cases of harassment at workplace are on rise and many go unreported fearing loosing job or other social abuse. Only when the case goes this extreme do these matters come into picture. High time the company management should look into the matter of ensuring safe working environment specially for the women section.