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Bengal Network: Rina Mukherji's case against The Statesman

On January 30, 2003, Bengal Network member Rina Mukherji wrote to the management of The Statesman, Kolkata, of sexual harassment  by  the news coordinator, and eventual termination of her services. On February 6, 2013,  the Industrial Tribunal ruled  in her favour ('Woman journalist wins case of wrongful termination'), awarding her reinstatement with full back wages from the time of her termination in October 2002. Earlier reports on Rina's case are given below.

1. Rina’s complaint to The Statesman, January 30, 2003  
2. Rina’s complaint letter to the Bengal Network, February 9, 2003 
3. Bengal Network letter to The Statesman, February 18, 2003  
4. The Statesman's reply to the Bengal Network, February 25, 2003 
5. A victory for the Bengal Network,  February 28, 2003 
6. Bengal Network letter to The Statesman's sexual harassment committee, March 20, 2003 
7. Rina Mukherji's case against The Statesman, undated  
8. Rina Mukherji's story in her own words, undated 
9. S Anand’s letter of support to Rina, July 25, 2003  
10. Rina Mukherji's story in The Hoot : ‘Sexual harassment alleged at The Statesman’ July 28, 2003  
11. Letter to the editor from staffers of The Statesman, undated   
12. Rina to NWMI, undated 
13. Rina wins case against The Statesman, February 6, 2013 
14. Rina's story in Feminists India, February 13, 2013
15. Rina's first-person account, February 2013