Pune: After the murder of the 25-year-old employee inside the office on Sunday, the female employees at Infosys are now feeling scared to work at odd hours and say they will be more alert in office.
One of the employees said, “Infosys has been very serious about security, especially women’s security. I was very confident till now about it, but after this incident, I would say there surely is fear.”
While all the employees got a mail from the heads and the chief officers, they are not convinced about the security there. “This incident is not just about the safety of women, but all the employees. While there is already fear to work sometimes, as there are secluded areas in the campus, but now working till 1 am or on weekends will be difficult,” said an employee.
Another female employee added, “The kind of security that is always available was always impressive and we did feel safe, but after this incident and that too in ODC, I am totally shocked and scared.”
Women staffers also believe that there is no way the company can check the background of the security as they are provided by agencies and they are dependent on them for the verification.
Aditi Malpani, a former Infosys employee, said, “I am unable to come to terms with the fact that it can be so dangerous for any woman employee to visit the office during weekends. Hope they really tighten up their security measures, so that their female employees do not feel unsafe on Infosys campus.”
The employees believe that this is the first time something like this has happened in their office campus. “We feel unsafe when the roads are empty, or at night, but never has anyone felt unsafe inside the office campus. There are a lot of people who work round-the-clock on various projects. So there are people in the campus even late at night. I have myself worked till 1 am on some days, but I do it only because I know I am safe inside the office, as there are many security measures in place, but not anymore,” said a senior employee of the company.
While the employees saw more security guards on Monday, the atmosphere remained gloomy. “Everyone is very quiet and subdued because of this incident. During lunch hour at the cafeteria, this murder was the only topic of discussion,” said an employee.
“The ninth floor, where the incident happened, was cordoned off and all other employees working on that floor have been moved to another building. The lift to the ninth floor was disabled on Monday,” said a female employee who lives near the campus.
The current female employees believe that the HR department must take responsibility. “HR are the ones who have rules for each and everything. They should have rules and regulation for recruiting agencies too,” they said.