Study on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace in India

Ishwar Singh Rathore and Medhansh Mishra
Manipal University Jaipur, India.

Volume II – Issue III, 2020

This research paper discusses the undesirable activities that are performed in India at the workplace with women i.e. sexual harassment against women at the workplace and the paper also deal with laws that are enacted to prevent women at the workplace like Indian government passed an act Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Sexual harassment is a very broad legal issue and major forms of violence against women in India are performed. It is a universal problem in the world whether it to be developed or developing or under-developing countries. It is a more problematic and negative emphasis on both men and women.

 Most probably, it has been seen to be happening with the female gender. The sexual harassment of women at the workplace violates the basic fundamental rights of women especially the “Right to equality” under article 14,15 and her right to life and to live with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. It is a criminal offense according to section 354A of the Indian penal code, 1860 it deals with the meaning of sexual harassment and punishments for sexual harassment.

This act protects women from all types of sexual harassment at their workplace in the government sector or the private sector. The guideline was issued in a supreme court landmark case Vishaka v. the State of Rajasthan will be treated as law under Article 141 of the Indian constitution. Before this act, there was no law around and concerning the measures to check the abhorrence of inappropriate behaviors faced by women. This paper indicates making some suggestions to the government to pay special attention towards appoint the monitoring team to visit the government offices as well as the private sector (un-organized) to prevent sexual harassment against women at the workplace.


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