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Sexual Harassment:Not Fitting the Bill

In 1997 the Supreme Court issued the Visakha guidelines to prevent sexual harassment of women at the workplace until a suitable law was passed. A draft bill in 2005 was followed by yet another draft in 2007. A report of a discussion in Kochi.

This article is based on a discussion held by members of a working group on sexual harassment at the workplace constituted by the Planning Board and National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi on 31 May. Participants in the discussion were: Sindhu Tulaseedharan, Shri Raghavan Unni, Aleyamma Vijayan, J Sandhya, Ajitha, Sheeba Dhar, K K Preeta, Seema Bhaskaran, T Radhamony, D R Shobha, Geetha, K Jaya, K S Preeta and Mridul Eapen.

There are reports in the media (see for instance, The New Indian Express, 24 May 2010) that the much awaited bill against sexual harassment (SH) at the workplace is likely to be introduced in Parliament. The draft bill had been put up on the web site of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Deve lopment for comments and suggestions until 31 March 2007. Three years have gone by and it has still not been placed in Parliament. A group of concerned citizens – academicians, advocates, activists, and policymakers – met in Kochi in early May to take a fresh look at the bill and submit comments/suggestions anew.

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