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70 per cent Women don’t complain of sexual harassment at Workplace : NCW

August 6, 2017

 Many institutions remain passive on matters of sexual harassment of women at workplace.

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About 70% of women who perceive sexual harassment at workplace don’t complain, National Commission for Women (NCW) member-secretary Satbir Bedi said today.

Satbir Bedi was speaking at a 1 day consultation organised by Telangana State Commission for Women in collaboration with National Commission for Women on ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013’.

“70% rather 69% of women who perceive sexual harassment at work never complain,” she said.

While some don’t complain, there’re also many who try to take advantage of the laws to blackmail the system, she said.

Observing that the laws’re in place to deal with such exploitation & sexual harassment of women, the member-secretary said awareness on them needs to be promoted.

“There’s a huge plethora of Acts & schemes to prevent women from exploitation, the fault doesn’t lie in the laws, it doesn’t lie in the schemes; laws are in place & what matters is the choice one makes on using them” she said.

Justice G Yathirajulu, a former High Court judge, stressed on the need for women employees to collectively fight against sexual harassment.

 

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