Braid chopping scare: IT companies take extra measures to ensure female employees’ safety

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 20 2017 12:20AM | Updated Date: Oct 20 2017 12:20AM
Braid chopping scare: IT companies take extra measures to ensure female employees’ safety

While the growing scare of braid-cutting incidents across Kashmir has proved to be a dampener for businesses, several local Information Technology companies working here have been forced to take extra measures here to ensure the security of their female employees. 

As these local Information Technology companies apart from the 9 am to 5pm schedule, also operate during evening shifts and have good number of female employees, have to take several extra measures to provide security and safety to their workers and even allow them to leave early from the offices. 

Several local Information Technology companies, who apart from the 9 am to 5pm schedule, also operate during evening shifts are now ensuring more security of their female employees travelling back to their homes during evening hours.

Hyderpora-based Octasoft Solutions, is one among several business process outsourcing (BPO) units operating in the city till evening hours. According to YaseerKazmi, who runs this call center, management of his company is ensuring to provide drop facilities to all its female employees.

“Majority of our employees consists of female staff and we are taking every step to ensure their safety.  An office vehicle drops the employees to the closest place to their homes. We are even ensuring that private security guards at our office premises keep a close watch and ensure there are no trespassers,” says Kazmi.

Another popular BPO, Aegis Ltd which is located at Rangreth Industrial Estate has recently issued an advisory to all its female employees asking them to “walk in groups” while leaving office, said ImaadQadri, Human Resources Head, Aegis Ltd (Srinagar). “At times we even make our private security guards accompany the female employees till the place where they board the vehicles for home in the evening. It is a collective responsibility of an employee and the employer to ensure safety of all the team members,” said Qadri.

Jahangir Raina, president, Information and Communications Technology  Association (ICTA), which is a conglomerate of more than 45 local IT companies, said many of the firms are voluntarily allowing their female employees to leave office early. “Employee safety is a prime concern and in such testing times, companies must be being flexible to their female staff,” said Raina.

More than 100 incidents of braid-cutting till now have deepened the scare, leaving an adverse impact on the overall business of Kashmir as customer footfalls during evening have become also negligible.