Bill On Sexual Harrasment At Workplace Introduced

How much women's are safe in workplace or anywhere? The government introduced  a bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment of women at workplace in various forms in the Lok Sabha, including implied  Sexual harassment at workplace is considered violation of women's right to equality, life and liberty.

The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010, provides for mandatory setting up an internal committee by a company or any other institute to probe a written complaint by an aggrieved person or settle the matter through conciliation.

Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said the objective was to provide safe, secure and enabling environment free from all forms of sexual harassment to every woman, irrespective of her age or employment status (other than domestic workers).

It is the responsibility of  the employer to order probe into any complaint and provides for a fine of Rs 50,000 in case an internal inquiry is not set up by the employer or attempt is made compulsory  provisions by the new law. 

In the case of false or malicious complaint, the bill provides for action against the complainant in accordance with service rules and in any other manner in case no service rules exist.

If any complaint is made it needs adequate proof need not attract action against the complainant.

It will also apply to private sector organisation, societies, trusts, educational institutions, non-governmental organisations, service providers of commercial, professional or entertainment activities.

It will cover 'unorganised sector' which means an enterprise owned by individuals or self-employed workers and engaged in the production or sale of goods or providing service of any kind whatsoever and where the enterprise employs workers, the number of such workers is less than ten. 

Will this bill enough to protect women's at workplace?

Shrusti Jain

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