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Ensuring safe workplaces for women

Sexual harassment in workplace is often considered an issue related to women’s rights. It therefore ends up being neglected as the labour issue it represents. As a serious form of misconduct in the workplace, sexual harassment severely impacts not only employment of women, but also the workplace environment, company reputation and business. The need to address the problems regarding sexual harassment was addressed by the Supreme Court (SC) in 1997 in Vishakha vs. State of Rajasthan (Vishakha judgement) where guidelines were framed and directions were provided to the Central Government to enact a law. However, it was not until 2013 that a concrete law – the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (POSH Act) was brought into effect. Sexual harassment | The Need for Legislation A perusal of the SC’s judgement brings out the wide gaps that existed in the absence of a legislation addressing...

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