Vishaka verdict, what’s that? Confronting sexual harassment at work

Pushpa Achanta in Kashmir Times

Vishaka Guidelines Against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace. This means little to most working women – regardless of industry, sector (private or government, informal or organised) or location (office, factory, hospital, hotel, educational institution, or home office) and irrespective of educational qualification or professional experience. What has contributed to this dismal scenario is not just a lack of knowledge about the law and its provisions but also the overwhelming impression that a complaint could well end up finishing the complainant’s career. In fact, though the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 supposedly addresses many relevant aspects it also penalises complainants whose accusation cannot be proved, even if true.

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