Indian employee terminated in UAE for abusing female journalist

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An Indian expatriate, working for a private company in Dubai, has been fired for sending sexually abusive messages to Indian journalist Rana Ayyub.

According to a report by Gulf News, the 31-year-old employee identified as Bincy Lal Balachandran, from Kerala, was working in Alpha Paint in Dubai, a sister company of National Paints in Sharjah, since 2015.

A customer service employee, Balachandran had sent abusive messages with sexual overtones to the Indian journalist on Facebook messenger.

Ayyub had highlighted Balachandran’s offensive message on the microblogging site Twitter.

Ayyub’s message on Twitter had said, “Just a sample of the filth I receive on my Facebook page. Time to name and shame this pervert.”

This prompted some of her followers to report the matter to his employers in Dubai. The company management summoned Bincy Lal, where he confessed to sending the message.

The company said it has terminated his visa and will pay for his tickets and his rights according to the UAE labour law.

Meanwhile Rana Ayyub also took to Twitter to announce the development.

Congratulating the company for the quick and stern decision, she said: “I think it is brave of them to do this without even me filing an FIR…and without even getting in touch with me… He could do this at his workplace tomorrow if he doesn’t like someone. This is a lesson for even others who write such messages.”

“I have been told that the UAE laws are very strict against women harassment even on social media. For the first time I am personally seeing it happening. It feels that women are indeed safe there. I think the UAE government also deserves congratulations,” she said.

She is also reportedly planning to file an FIR against Bincy Lal in Delhi on Tuesday.

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Rana Ayyub, a noted writer and journalist, has been critical of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

She is also the author of “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up” which indicts many top officials and politicians, including BJP’s current party president Amit Shah, for the role they played in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots.

Published on 10 April 2017

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