Motherhood is a beautiful experience which is celebrated by all in the world. But, in today’s time, where some companies are only concerned about making a profit, they are being so insensitive that they are denying basic rights to pregnant women. A similar unfortunate incident happened with Radhika Gupta.
Radhika was working as Assistant manager in Human Resource department there. Due to some complications in her pregnancy, she requested for maternity leave from September 1, 2016.
She told TYNews:
“I am only the HR in the company. I directly report to the Director. Initially, I had a verbal conversation about the maternity leave and it was fine. But, when the time came, and I applied for the leave, it was denied.”
Also, she told TYNews that she requested to shift her base in office from the second floor to ground floor. Even that was denied. She was met with such insensitivity at the workplace when she needed support the most.
Under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, an employee is entitled to 12 weeks maternity leave. Under section 21 of the Act, if an employer doesn’t do so, he is punishable with imprisonment.
Taking cognizance of her complaint, the WCD ministry is looking into the matter. Also, the state commission for women in Uttar Pradesh is actively pursuing the matter.
At times, when are we talking about extending maternity leave and also, discussing the option of paternity leave, Radhika’s ordeal is an eye opener.
Here’s her full story:
(With inputs from Rohit Upadhyay)