A fatal gang rape in New Delhi in December 2012 brought to light the issue of domestic violence in the South Asian community both in India and the United States.
A case in the United States followed by many in the Indian American community has brought the issue to the forefront once again.
The Wall Street Journal reports that an Indian American CEO has been fired after pleading guilty to misdemeanors in a domestic violence case.
Gurbaksh Chahal was terminated by the board of directors of RadiumOne this weekend.
The tech advertising firm in San Francisco is on the verge of moving forward with an IPO and had been criticized for not taking swift action in Chahal’s case.
San Francisco police said a video tape from security cameras showed Chahal hitting his girlfriend 100 times.
Chahal said he was “innocent from the get-go. I agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanors to satisfy my board. The Twittersphere took it to another level.” He added, “I am no longer a part of RadiumOne.”
In a brief news release, Radium One said “Radium One’s Board of Directors has voted to terminate the employment of Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and chairman of the company. Bill Lonergam, the company COO, will take over as CEO of the company immediately. Bill has an extraordinary background and has helped build BlueLithium and RadiumOne into industry leading brands. We are confident he will continue Radium One’s impressive projectory.”
No reason for the ouster was given.
You can read more about the social media backlash against Chahal in the Wall Street Journal.