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Bill on Sexual Harassment: Against Women's Rights

In the absence of legislation to protect women from sexual harassment at the workplace, the Supreme Court in 1997 laid down guidelines in the Vishaka vs State of Rajasthan in 1997. Thirteen years later, Parliament came up with the "Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010". However, the Bill sees sexual harassment at the workplace not as a criminal offence but as a mere civil wrong, the remedy for which is compensation. The Bill, now with a parliamentary committee, proposes conciliation immediately after filing of a complaint before an internal committee and does not provide for a proper enforcement machinery for realising the rights laid down in the proposed legislation.
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