Recently, the woman CEO
of a multinational corporation's India operations was detained by the
police for cyber-harassment of a co-worker in HR - also a woman.
The CEO, aged 43, posted derogatory remarks about the HR executive
aged 39, on a consumer website to malign her. She described the victim
as a sex pest who eyed newly recruited young men and was also "having a
good time with a former employee", said an officer with the police's cyber crime investigation cell
. The CEO was traced through the IP address
from where the posts were made.
"In her police complaint, the victim, who is unmarried, told us that
someone was posting comments about her character, or lack thereof, and
that she was described as someone who frequently slept with her
colleagues and 'spoiled' them," said a police officer.
said it all started when she found a change in the way her colleagues
perceived her, so much so that she found it difficult to work with them.
It was only when her friends and well-wishers asked her about the
online posts that she realized what the matter was. She told us she was
taken aback and did not know how to react." The police sought from the
website the IP address from where the posts were submitted. "It was
found to originate from an apartment in a residential complex in
Goregaon. When we reached there, we were shocked to find that the house
belonged to the CEO of the firm where the victim worked," the officer
said. "Initially, the CEO was not cooperating. She accused us of
harassing her. But we had technical proof. When we confronted her with
it and emphasized that the IP address belonged to her own PC, she
The CEO broke down at the police station. "She
found herself in front of the victim, who she could not look in the eye.
She even had tears," the officer said. "In a written apology, she said
she was jealous as the victim was getting quick promotions. So, she
started writing online posts, the website being one that is visited by
private companies, to do background checks on potential recruits. She
wanted the management to take note of the posts and initiate action
against the victim." She was later let off.