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Road to Raktakshetram-Report from Chunduru

of sexual harassment. As far as legislations on equality of sexes go, India is far ahead of the US, However in the US though equality of the sexes is not a fundamental right, the courts through judicial interpretation have recognised the rights of women not to be subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace. Such an interpretation is possible even with existing Indian laws on the subject. It may be worthwhile for the women's movement and the legal fraternity to think in terms of such wider principles and expand the rights of women to guard against sexual harassment. This is a relatively unexplored area of labour jurisprudence and can be used as a strategic and effective tool to tackle sexual harassment of women at their workplace. However, expecting the Indian judiciary to take such initiatives may be futile. Not so long ago a senior woman IAS officer complained of sexual harassment by a senior IPS officer in Punjab She sought to take criminal action against him because no departmental action was taken. The courts however dismissed her case as being too 'trivial' an issue! If this is the plight of a senior IAS officer that of the women in the lower echelons of employment can well be imagined.

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