Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: the Verma Committee and After

On 29 October 2012, the Supreme Court of India expressed its dismay that the Vishaka guidelines on sexual harassment in the workplace were “followed more in breach than in substance and spirit by State functionaries”. Regretting the fact that the government has failed to finalise appropriate legislation in this regard, the Court gave employers a two-month deadline “to provide the procedures for the resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts of sexual harassment”. The fate of that deadline is as yet unknown, but happily the intervening month has also seen the submission of justice Verma Committee’s recommendations. Its report has also castigated the government’s inaction on this regard and stringently criticised the Government’s Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012.


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