Sikka Vows to Keep Infy Employees Safe
New Delhi: Reaching out to employees a week after the murder of one of its employees, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said the company is looking at tightening security at its premises and will ensure that women have an inclusive and secure environment at all times. In an email to employees on Monday, the second communication from the management in three days, Sikka said he was “shocked and heartbroken” by the news of the murder of 25-year-old Rasila Raju, who was found murdered in the Infosys office in Pune on January 29.
“As a father, a husband, son, a brother and an Infoscion, I, like tens of thousands of you, continue to feel deep despair and outrage over this senseless act, this sudden loss of a bright and talented life,” Sikka said.
Infosys has been receiving backlash from employees following the murder, prompting Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao to send an email on February 3, detailing steps being taken to improve security. He said Infosys is taking the help of an expert external consultant and was looking to increase the deployment of alarm buttons in buildings as well as rapid response teams. Sikka said Infosys has received over 12,000 suggestions from employees on making the campuses safer.
“We must ensure that all employees, in particular women, feel safe on our campuses. As I have always said, women are an absolutely critical part of the transformation of Infosys, and we will not rest until we have created an environment in which women, and everyone, can bring their incredible and unique talents and points of view, where they can thrive and grow into leadership roles, and where they feel safe and secure to do their work freely and without fe
ar,” Sikka said.