Techies in Chennai fear for their safety

By NT Bureau Published on Feb 14, 2018 04:11 PM IST

Chennai: A day after a woman techie was assaulted and robbed at Shollinganallur, the city police have begun inquires by tracking her phone to nab the accused.

Condemning the incident, Forum for IT Employees (FITE) has urged more protection on OMR, which is the IT highway, and long-term solutions instead of short-term measures to help IT professionals.

During the wee hours of Tuesday, P Lavanya (30), a native of Andhra Pradesh, was heading back home at 2 am on a two-wheeler after work, when she was hit on her head with an iron rod by unidentified persons.

The police said the gang fled with three sovereigns of gold chain, her iPhone and the scooter she was riding-in, before dumping her amid the bushes at Thazhambur-Perumbakkam Road.

She is currently undergoing treatment in a private hospital, after a surgery. The police are waiting for Lavanya to get better so her statement could be recorded.

FITE, which has over 500 members in the city, criticised the incident, pressing for more intense protection on the OMR stretch to avoid such incidents.

"We are going to go to all police stations located in the area to ask for more police security along the OMR stretch. This is a newly developed locality, with new people living here," said president of FITE, Vasumathi.

In 2015, when a techie was murdered in the same area, both the government and company had come up with a policy to not allow women to travel alone after 8 pm. After the incident, cabs were arranged to drop them home and the government also cleaned up a few places for safety reasons, but again the policy was short-lived, she said.

"How long are these short-term measures be maintained? We want long-term solutions to be found. The recent incident could have happened to anyone. Many stray incidents, including cell phone snatchings and attacking those who visit the ATM, take place here. I am sure the victim's company would bring in a new policy, even government would do something, but for how long will it remain?" Vasumathi asked.

HORRIFYING HISTORY

* In February 2014, Uma Maheshwari (24), an employee of TCS, Siruseri, was initially reported missing.

However, police found her dead body a week later in an unused plot. Three migrant labourers were found guilty of murdering her for gain.

* In another incident a man was assaulted after he came out of an ATM near the IT highway.