Sexual Harassment of Women
- Every year around 550 cases are registered under Sexual Harassment Act, 2013
- Maximum cases come from UP and Delhi — huge disparity among states — 40% from top 2 only | other states <7% each
- Recent controversy in Google — walkout of employees — due to opaqueness in the trial of accused.
- Supreme Court — silenced for long about the sexual harassment? CJI under the gun for allegedly harassing a junior staff. Sub-judice issue. Huge question over the credibility of CJI and SC as an institution.
Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013
Replaced the SC guidelines by the SC (CJI JS Verma) in the historic Vishaka Judgement in 1997.
JS Verma Committee, 2013 recommendation for this Act —
ICC may be ‘counter-productive’ as dealing with such complaints in-house could discourage women from filling complaints.