Human resources manager and hostel manager detained for assaulting factory worker in Coimbatore

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Police said the factory’s human resources manager V. Muthaiah (46) and the manager of the women’s hostel R. Latha (39) were arrested on Sunday morning.

Saravanampatti police in Coimbatore on Sunday arrested the director of human resources (HR) at a spinning mill and the director of his women’s home on charges of assaulting an employee from Jharkhand. The action was taken after video of the assault went viral on social media.

Police said the factory’s human resources manager V. Muthaiah (46) and the manager of the women’s hostel R. Latha (39) were arrested on Sunday morning.

Police said a group of women from Jhakhand came to the Udayampalayam mill near Coimbatore two weeks ago. Factory management told police the women stayed at home and did not show up for work for a week.

When Latha asked the women about it on November 27, one of the women allegedly pushed her. This led to a quarrel and the human resources manager beat the woman with a stick, the video of which went viral on social media, police said. The manager was accused of pulling the woman’s hair.

Thangadurai, deputy director of occupational safety and health, Thudiyalur, lodged a complaint with the police on Saturday.

Saravanampatti Inspector L. Kanthasamy investigated the incident and arrested the human resources manager and manager for offenses under sections 294 (b) (obscene acts and songs), 323 (punishment for willfully injuring) , 324 (willfully causing injury by weapons or dangerous means), 506 (1) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Article 4 (sanction for harassment of women) of the Tamil Nadu prohibition law harassment of women.

Deputy Police Commissioner ES Uma said police informed the labor department to investigate the incident.

Industry sources said any factory where women workers are not treated according to standards should be taken to task. “We run awareness programs and teach employees how to treat women workers. There are also social audits. Yet there are such incidents, ”said a representative of an association of textile factories.


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