International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 8, Issue 6 (2022)

Sexual harassment at workplace in India


Aishwarya Arora, Simranjeet Kaur Gill

Sexual harassment at workplace is an extension of violence in everyday life and is discriminatory and exploitative as it affects women’s right to life and livelihood. It is a violation of fundamental rights of a woman to equality as per Articles 14 and 15 & her right to live with dignity enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The present study provides an intensive background of sexual harassment of women in India. The origin of the sexual harassment has been taken from Bhanwari Devi case and an account of Vishaka and Ors. v/s Union of India 1997 judgment is also mentioned in the current study.In India, for the first time in 1997, a petition was filed in the apex court to enforce fundamental rights of working women, after the brutal gang rape of Bhanwari Devi a social worker from Rajasthan. Apart from the Vishaka guidelines in the case of Vishaka & Ors. v. State of Rajasthan, Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (hereinafter referred to as POSH Act) has also been enacted. The paper critically analyses the present law in India on Sexual Harassment with new demisions and preventives measures to curb the sexual harassment and other violations against the women at workplace.Sexual harassment has shown a steady increase from last decade to the present scenario with 20% increased in total number of complaints in the year 2021-2022 and which resulted in violation of basic immunities of women at workplace.
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Aishwarya Arora, Simranjeet Kaur Gill. Sexual harassment at workplace in India. International Journal of Law, Volume 8, Issue 6, 2022, Pages 15-19
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