The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL seeking directions to implement committees on sexual harassment by implementing Vishakha guidelines in religious institutions.
Bench which is headed by Ranjan Gogoi, the chief justice of India said judicial orders can’t be passed on this plea as Visakha guidelines cannot be extended to religious places.
“Why don’t you file a criminal complaint? How can Vishaka guidelines be extended to religious places?” he said.
There was a PIL filed in the Supreme Court seeking extensions of its Vishakha guidelines to religious places, including ‘ashrams’, ‘madrassas’ and ‘Catholic institutions’, to check the widespread increase in sexual exploitation of women in such places.
In the petition the Advocate Maneesh Pathak claimed in the petition that religious places consist of many employed women in addition to that many were voluntarily engaged with them.
In August 1997, the apex court in the Vishakha case laid down as many as 12 guidelines to be followed by the employers to prevent or impediment acts of sexual harassment against women.
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