His Excellency, The Honourable President of India
Shri Pranab Mookherjee
New Delhi – 110 004
Sub : Requesting to deny assent to Protection of women from sexual harassment bill 2012
My letter is to express my very strong concerns and anger on the major scam and farce in framing of Protection of women from sexual harassment bill 2012. The blame of this farce lies squarely on the Women and Child development ministry which arrogantly and blatantly ignored legal recommendations, public opinion, press opinion, international regulations and even common sense while sneaking in this law in both houses of parliament amidst shouting during corruption scandals and getting it passed with no discussion or debate whatsoever in either houses.
WCD minister arrogantly ignored the fact that Indian women can commit sexual assault but cannot commit sexual harassment! WCD minister ignored the fundamental fact that sexual harassment is a crime of power and not a crime of passion. Indian women can today face punishment for sexual assault, rape, murder, kidnapping, forgery, but not sexual harassment at workplace. This is utter nonsense.
WCD Minster ignored the fact despite point out that over 35 countries including USA, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, The Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom have policies for Sexual Harassment that are gender neutral. Even Pakistan has a gender neutral sexual harassment law.