‘Ek Chamaat marenge Bihar pahunch jaogi’:HSBC employee in Hyderabad alleges workplace harassment; post goes viral

'Ek Chamaat marenge Bihar pahunch jaogi':HSBC employee in Hyderabad alleges workplace harassment; post goes viral

'Ek Chamaat marenge Bihar pahunch jaogi':HSBC employee in Hyderabad alleges workplace harassment; post goes viral

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A recent LinkedIn post by HSBC employee Nitika Kumari has sparked widespread discussion about workplace toxicity. Kumari, who has been with HSBC’s Hyderabad branch for over a year, shared her experiences with panic attacks and mental health challenges caused by a toxic work environment. Currently serving her notice period, she detailed several incidents that contributed to her decision to leave.

“Ek Chamaat Maarenge, Bihar Pahunch Jaogi”

Kumari recounted an incident on April 22, 2024, where a colleague made an ethnically insensitive remark. She quoted the colleague saying, “Ek chamaat maarenge, Bihar pahunch jaogi,” translating to “I will slap you so hard, you will go back to Bihar.” Despite reporting this to her manager, no action was taken. In a subsequent team meeting, she was told to dismiss the comment as a “hatred comment.”

HSBC Employee Alleges Inadequate HR Response

Following the incident, Kumari claimed that she filed a POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) complaint with the HR team. However, weeks later, on May 3, she said she received an email asking for feedback on the incident without any updates on the actions taken.

Kumari’s LinkedIn post has since gone viral, prompting discussions about workplace harassment and the need for effective HR interventions.

In another instance, she alleged that a colleague made an objectifying remark, saying, “Tmhare jaisi ladki hum aaj tk ni dekhe hai, akele pura UK team ka naam kharab kr k rkhi kr k rkhi hai,” which translates to “He has never seen a girl like me; I have ruined the name of their team.” When questioned, the colleague justified his comment by stating, “tmhare alawa kisi UK team ki ladki ko hm ni dkhe hai cigarette pite huye,” meaning he had never seen any girl from the UK team smoking cigarettes. Kumari also observed the same colleague eating tobacco and spitting on the office premises.

Kumari’s post received significant attention, with many expressing support and encouraging her to find a better workplace. 

One user wrote, “Girl, you have got guts and grit. Not everyone has it.” Another user commented, “Good for you for standing up for yourself. The failure of HSBC to act on such vile behaviour is not your fault.”

Many commenters called for HSBC to take action. 

One user wrote, “Good work Nikita, the person should be fired from the company to set an example. HSBC please look into this matter. It’s not acceptable, being tortured.”