Sikka Vows to Keep Infy Em­ploy­ees Safe

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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.

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