Sexual Harassment at Work Places

| December 18, 2013

Sexual Harassment at Work Places – Detailed report of complaints registered against sexual harassment state wise given below…

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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development

13-December-2013 15:30 IST

Sexual Harassment at Work Places

The numbers of complaints of sexual harassment of women at work places registered with National Commission for Women (NCW) during the last two years and current years shows the increasing trends.

The State/UT wise data of complaints registered with NCW for sexual harassment of women at work places during the last three years and the current year is as mentioned below.

S. No. State 2010 2011 2012 2013
(as on
05/12/2013)
Total
1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 0 1 0 0 1
2 Andhra Pradesh 1 3 0 1 5
3 Arunachal Pradesh 0 0 0 0 0
4 Assam 0 2 0 0 2
5 Bihar 4 3 3 5 15
6 Chandigarh 0 0 0 4 4
7 Chhattisgarh 1 0 1 1 3
8 Dadra and Nagar Haveli 0 0 0 0 0
9 Daman & Diu 0 0 0 0 0
10 Delhi 25 23 15 35 98
11 Goa 1 1 1 0 3
12 Gujarat 4 1 0 8 13
13 Haryana 5 3 2 13 23
14 Himachal Pradesh 0 0 0 0 0
15 Jammu & Kashmir 1 1 0 1 3
16 Jharkhand 4 5 2 2 13
17 Karnataka 2 3 1 3 9
18 Kerala 0 0 1 1 2
19 Lakshadweep 0 0 0 0 0
20 Madhya Pradesh 10 10 9 9 38
21 Maharashtra 7 4 4 7 22
22 Manipur 0 0 0 0 0
23 Meghalaya 0 0 0 0 0
24 Mizoram 0 0 0 0 0
25 Nagaland 0 0 0 0 0
26 Orissa 2 1 4 4 11
27 Pondicherry 0 0 1 0 1
28 Punjab 6 2 1 6 15
29 Rajasthan 5 14 13 10 42
30 Sikkim 0 0 0 0 0
31 Tamil Nadu 0 1 1 1 3
32 Tripura 0 0 0 0 0
33 Uttar Pradesh 23 20 41 34 118
34 Uttarakhand 0 1 3 0 4
35 West Bengal 3 1 0 4 8
Total 104 100 103 149 456

Taking forward the Supreme Court guidelines laid down in Vishakha Judgement, as per NCW they stressed the setting up of Internal Complaint Committees in each and every Government department / institution / autonomous body in the country. Some of the initiatives taken by NCW in this regard are:

i) A Code of Conduct for Workplaces as per Supreme Court guidelines in the year 1998, was formulated, which was circulated to all State Commissions for Women, NGOs, apex bodies of the Corporate Sector and to the Media for compliance.

ii) The Commission prepared and circulated from time to time, the informative Booklets reflecting the information relating to the effects and preventive measures against sexual harassment at workplace and constitution of Internal Complaint Committees at workplace as per Vishakha Guidelines.

iii) Advertisements and posters have also been released from time to time by NCW to disseminate information widely.

iv) Further, while entertaining the complaints of sexual harassment at workplaces or taking suo motu cognizance of such incidents, NCW from time to time has written to the various Ministries, Departments, Organizations and Universities, etc. for setting up of ICC and dealing with such complaints  as per the Vishakha Guidelines.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development had issued the instructions to all the State Governments to follow the Guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in Case of Vishaka Vs. State of Rajasthan. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013 came into force w.e.f 9th December, 2013 under which the cases of sexual harassment of women at workplace can be registered.  The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Rules, 2013 have also been notified on 9th December, 2013.

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha

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