> How fascinating to read all the comments poo-poo'ing the very thought that the employer should have been responsible for this wretched young woman's safety......
Interesting, I have read, and re-read, all of the comments posted before yours, and don't see a SINGLE ONE that intimates that the employer shouldn't have had any responsibility as to the wellbeing of their employees while on the job, and the fact that this happened in India is rather immaterial, other that you seem to show your own cultural bias when you call this educated, skilled young woman who lost her life to a criminal "wretched".
Elsewhere in the world, most employers are not responsible for the transportation of their workers to or from the workplace. They expect the employee to make their own arrangements, whether by private or public transportation. It is an interesting "perk", one that allows them to pay their employees less because it lowers the employee's cost of living.
You should also note regulations that are based on the sex of the employee would be completely illegal in many places under the guise of anti-discrimination. I have to treat my male and female employees exactly the same. I cannot offer one something that I don't offer the other. I cannot pay one more than I pay the other. Equal pay for equal work, etc.
Of course, as a business owner I have my own economic realities. I will hire the most qualified person for the money no matter the color of their skin or how many X chromosome's they may have in the makeup of their cells. If person X can do the same work as person Y, but person Y is willing to work for less, there is no reason for me to pay person Y more or person X less. The same reasoning extends to outsourcing. If employee A can do the same work as employee B, even through they are in different countries, why should I pay either one more than the minimum amount that either one of them is willing to work? After all, if you go shopping to buy some soup and two stores sitting side-by-side have the same soup, but one of them has it on sale, why go to the more expensive store? Of course, if the soups aren't the same and the more expensive store has better soup, or maybe the less expensive store is further away and thus increases your cost of transporting it, then you have to balance the worth of the soup vs the total cost. But then, they aren't equal any more are they....
I am saddened that one of his employees was killed, but I am also saddened that they are trying to hold a executive of a company CRIMINALLY LIABLE for something that over which he had no direct control, nor would he have had any reason to have had any direct control. It isn't like he ordered the cab driver to kill the person. I am also saddened that someone would try to turn this into a "us" vs "them" debate.