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               Woman BPO worker killed in Bangalore
                     Web posted at: 12/17/2005 1:55:17
                     Source ::: IANS
  Bangalore: A woman working in a call centre here was allegedly raped and brutally murdered by the company's driver, leading to police and Nasscom chief Kiran Karnik stressing the need for IT/BPO firms to provide security to women on night duty.

  The 24-year-old woman employee of HP GlobalSoft was killed early on Tuesday and the accused arrested in the night. The incident came to light only after her husband lodged a kidnapping complaint with the police.

  Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Alok Kumar said the driver, Shiv Kumar, had confessed to raping and murdering the woman after he picked her up from her house for night duty.

  "Instead of taking her to the office in electronics city, the company's driver took her to Anjanapura on the outskirts of Bangalore and raped her around 3am Tuesday," Alok Kumar said.

  In his confession, Shiv Kumar said he slit her throat in panic when she tried to raise an alarm and call the office on her mobile.

  "She was the lone employee being ferried to the office for duty at that odd hour," the police official said. He criticised the multinational firm for not providing security to its women employees on night duty for escorting them to office and back home.

  "The accused driver even robbed the victim of her mobile and cash (Rs300) before disappearing from the spot. It is a clear case of a security lapse. The company should provide escorts while transporting its women staff, especially on night duties," the DCP pointed out.

  Expressing shock, National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) president Kiran Karnik said IT/BPO firms would have to provide security to women employees, particularly at night.

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