What when you face harassment in Articleship?

What when you face harassment in Articleship?

It is not fair for the CA students to go through any kind of harassment at workplace during Articleship, or to face mistreatment and exploitation. Articleship is designed for CA students for acquiring skills, for learning by doing, for having practical work experience in the various fields related to Accountancy.

The Articleship
Every CA student has to go through Articleship to become a Chartered Accountant. The purpose of Articleship for the CA students is to have them have practical work experience apart from having them gain the theoretical education.

The learning and experiences in Articleship differ for each CA student. Some enjoy this period of three years. They acquire new skills, learn how to do and get things done as part of the works they are entrusted with.

However, there are also CA students who find the Articleship experience unfair and negative, nothing like they have seen in their lives so far. What exactly do these CA students go through, who is responsible for their sufferings, and how to best deal such challenges?

The Harassment
One of the major challenges these students face during Articleship is harassment, from their superiors and Principals. Ideally, every CA student in Articleship has to have conducive work environment where they are given plenty of opportunities to learn by doing. Practically, at some firms, the realities remain far behind the ideals.

There have been cases of CA students facing mistreatment and exploitation at their work-place during Articleship, and so have come up at least one case of harassment so far.

Where the principal allegedly was abusive, his office didn’t have the conducive work environment, and hence there were no new CA students joining his firm for Articleship. One CA student working under him had completed the Articleship training and the Principal (CA) signed the Articleship Completion Certificate (Form 108). The Principal wanted this CA student to join back his firm as an employee. He then allegedly threatened this CA student saying if he didn’t join him back, he would file a complaint with the ICAI on the ground that this CA student obtained his signatures by forgery or fraud.

The Conclusion
It is not fair for the CA students to go through any kind of harassment at workplace during Articleship, or to face mistreatment and exploitation.

It is obvious that the ICAI didn’t require the CA students to go through Articleship to face exploitation, mistreatment or harassment. Articleship is designed for CA students for acquiring skills, for learning by doing, for having practical work experience in the various fields related to Accountancy.

The main question here is, Is there proper mechanism designed to help the concerned CA students facing such unnecessary and negative experiences at work during Articleship?

Tell us your Articleship experiences in the comment section below. Did you go through any of the above mentioned negative experiences? Did you have any help? Did you witness any of your colleague going through the same? What help did he or she get?

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  • Cant disclose
    October 17, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Hello sir

    My Principal is giving only 20 days leave for my group-2 exam and even if i am not physically well then also he used to send me on stock audit and most important thing is i am female and my principal is not good He is using abusive words many times so I feel very insecure to work there there are two articles only in my firm and another article is also female i am in second year of articleship. Our office time is also 11 to 7:30 but I don’t know What can I do?

    • M Ammar@Cant disclose
      October 19, 2018, 10:46 pm

      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. We’ll get back to you on this shortly.


  • Bhuvan
    August 15, 2018, 12:30 am

    Even I am facing the same issue my employer forces me to sit from 11 till 8 ,9 even 10 , I have requested him many times I have just completed 1.5 months , please help me to take transfer because he is not allowing to take transfer. Please help.

    • M. Ammar@Bhuvan
      October 19, 2018, 10:47 pm

      Hi Bhuvan,

      Apology for the delay in replying to your comment. We’ll get back to you on this at the earliest.


  • Bharat Rai
    July 14, 2018, 9:27 pm

    Dear sir

    I am doing Articleship at Mumbai from last 1.5 year but in my 2 year of articleship my principal is harassing me. I am working from 11.00AM to 8.00PM Monday to Saturday and now he is telling me to come to office on Sunday as well and when I denied him he tried to threten me saying ki ab tera time aa gya hai and he is mentally tourcher me at my work place. I don’t know what to do and where to complain and I really need any expert help for this kindly guide me for this and help me urgently my mobile no.is 9867422445

    • M. Ammar@Bharat Rai
      August 9, 2018, 8:19 am

      Hi Bharat,

      Thank you for writing to us. We’ll get back to you shortly.


  • Cant disclose
    April 13, 2018, 11:02 am

    My CA is harrassing and exploiting me now a days so badly that every day i think of suicide.
    But I need to support my family in future thats the sole reason i am alive.
    Neither he give transfer.
    He make me feel low every time at public places also.
    Treat me as slave

    Dnt knw what to do

    • M. Ammar@Cant disclose
      April 13, 2018, 1:04 pm

      Dear CA student, thank you for your comment. We’ll get in touch with you shortly. Best regards.

      • Atul @M. Ammar
        August 24, 2018, 1:17 am

        Boss please save this person
        I am also against any abuse form a union and teach all of them a lesson

        • M. Ammar@Atul
          October 19, 2018, 10:49 pm

          We’ll surely assess your idea and take the appropriate steps available to us.


  • Asif ali
    January 1, 2018, 9:13 am

    Sir ,
    I am also facing the same situation as you said above. My articleship completed on 27.10.17 and my principal dispatched my form (108) on 24.11.17 with many requested
    After few days I leave office but my principal force me to stay in office but I denyed due to my exam preparation. After few days I call Kanpur branch to know the status of my form (108). Branch informed me that your form’s first page not sign by your principal then I call to my principal to sign again but he Deny. And make a condition that if u do job in my office then I sign again otherwise I complain to icai that my article change the first page to reduce leave taken in form and dispatched it
    I requested to him many time but he is not ready to listen me he has a dairy where all article make present in office but he is not listening me any more.

    Kindly suggest me that where I can complaint against my principal for injustice with me by him

    • M. Ammar@Asif ali
      January 8, 2018, 11:08 am

      Hi Asif,

      Thank you for your message. Will get in touch with you shortly.



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