Vishaka Case

Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Majority of women employees do not report sexual harassment due to lack of confidence in the organization mechanism, low awareness about law and procedures, threat of professional victimization apart from fear of ridicule, stigma, embarrassment. In May 2016 there was an amendment to the 2013 Act wherein nomenclature was changed from Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to Internal Committee (IC).The employers and ICs have not made efforts to create assurance in women employees so there is low or no reporting of sexual harassment. Low or zero reporting justifies the passive approach taken by the IC’s.Role of IC is to receive complaints to proactively undertaking prevention initiatives which will create awareness about rights of women employees guaranteed by law and raising their confidence to report incidents of sexual harassment. This will help break silence and enhance reporting of sexual harassment.