The Honorable Chairman
Standing Committee on the Human Resources Development
The Council of States (The Rajya Sabha)
New Delhi – 110001
These questions were sent by the HRD Committee on the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill that had come up during the discussion and were left unaddressed due to lack of time. The reply that was sent from the men’s rights organizations.
In continuation with – Objections to the HRD committee on Sexual Harassment Bill
The genesis of the proposed legislation is:
- Sexual Harassment results in violation of the fundamental rights of a woman to equality under Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution and her rights to life and to live with dignity under Article 21 and right to practice any profession/occupation/trade/business which includes a right to a safe environment free from sexual harassment.
- Guidelines providing protection to women against Sexual Harassment at workplace laid down by Supreme Court in the case of Vishakha & Ors. Vs. State of Rajasthan & Ors. [1997 (7) SC (323)]
- Article 11 of the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women to which India is a party requires state parties to take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of employment
What are your views on the above facts? Is it not obligatory on the part of the Government to enact a suitable legislation based on the Supreme Court guidelines given in Vishakha case?