The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri underwent gender sensitisation counselling in Mumbai on Tuesday. Lawyer activist Veena Gowda had recommended it after Johri was caught up in a sexual harassment case. Veena Gowda was a member of the three-member panel investigating the case.
Last year, Johri was caught in the #MeToo storm. Johri was named by a journalist through an anonymous post. The alleged accuser had accused the BCCI official of sexual harassment, inappropriate behaviour and harassment. He, however, received a clean chit from the BCCI.
The sensitisation session, meanwhile, was conducted by a company called ‘Rainmaker’ which specialises in PoSH (prevention of sexual harassment) and raising awareness amongst the employees at a workplace. Johri’s counselling last for almost two hours. Tuesday was fixed for the purpose in the wake of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, a public holiday, when the entire BCCI office was empty, according to DNA.
“We raise employee awareness through training in an engaging manner and enable employees to relate to the various case-scenarios,” a source in Rainmaker told DNA.
Meanwhile, Veena Gowda was not impressed with the way things went by on Monday. The three-member Internal Complaint Committee of BCCI met in Mumbai. And according to the news outlet, all the women employees of the BCCI were summoned inside the meeting room for an interactive session.
“It was when Gowda was explaining matters related to official conduct with all the women employees, one of the employee who made sexual harassment complaint against BCCI CEO broke down and left the room,” an insider revealed.
The news outlet further claimed that Gowda lost her cool and went on to blame the board’s internal system for covering up the sexual harassment episode.