Cockroach row: staff files case against customer

Cockroach row: staff files case against customer
The woman employee of Cafe Coffee Day (CCD), who had slapped a customer, has lodged an FIR against him for ‘misbehaving with her’. Law student Arpan Verma has been booked under IPC Sections 354 (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation). As per the complaint, Verma and his friend visited the cafe on March 12. They shot a video of the employee, Priyadarshini, thus invading her privacy.

The video shot by Verma showed cockroach in the CCD refrigerator and later, Priyadarshini slapping him. It had been trending on social media a few days ago. Meanwhile, CCD has taken Priyadarshini off duty. A statement issued on behalf of the cafe chain said the incident is currently under thorough investigation.

“The lady team member referred here hails from rural Odisha and is part of the programme run by NGO Gram Tarang to uplift the weaker sections of society and girl children specially. She underwent rigorous training on joining us to become a team member and was posted in Jaipur.

As per the lady team member, she had objected to her video being taken by the customer and her repeated requests were also not heard, thus invading her privacy. Till the time thorough investigation is being done, she has been kept off duty,” it said. The CCD outlet was locked soon after the controversy broke out. The staff of the outlet took away all the belongings and moved their base.

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