Archive for the ‘Sexual Harassment’ Category

Sexual harassment is a human rights violation: CIC

April 8, 2009
And the WCD Ministry is proposing in Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill 2007 that
as per the proposed section 14 the proceedings of sexual harrassment committe will be out of purview of the RTI act.
 
Now with the below decision of CIC will they still try to shield the misuser women? When the CIC is not leaving even RAW which is already out of purview of the RTI act as per section 24 and second schedule of RTI act 🙂
http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/WB-02042009-03.pdf
Sexual harassment is a human rights violation: CIC
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200904071921.htm
 
Sexual harassment amounts to human rights violation and no organisation, including RAW, should be exempted from the purview of RTI Act in such cases, the CIC has said.

While hearing the plea of a women RAW officer, the Central Information Commission held, “… this entire application centres on allegations of sexual harassment which is a material basis for allegations of human rights violation.

We have also on earlier occasion also held that overt gender discrimination amounts to violation of human rights.”

Although the commission dismissed the plea of Nisha Priya Bhatia, a RAW officer who had demanded information under RTI Act on her complaint regarding allegations of sexual exploitation by seniors on technical grounds, it advised her to move a fresh application seeking information which was denied by the agency.

“It will be open to Nisha Bhatia to move a fresh application before the RAW seeking information on the matters which she has now sought at the level of second appeal. Her right to so move an application notwithstanding the listing of RAW in the second schedule is upheld in light of proviso to sec 24 (1)…” Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah held.

I request joint secretary Ministry of women and child development, joint secretary ministry of law and justice (legislative department) and commission members and law officer of National Commission for Women to come out of their closed AC cabins and face the reality which is even depriving genuin victims from excercising their basic human rights… Neeraj

Crying wolf: Not in favour of women !

January 13, 2008
CNN IBN should find out more on the following questions:
1. When did Ms. pandey filed her complaint to the police? I am 100% sure, just after she was removed from her job. If she were courageous enough she could have done that the same day incidence happened. Was she waiting for a “Muhurat”?
2. Now if she had not reported that immidiately her reaction to such harrassment could be like she could have reported it to the HR with the demand of a warning to her senior so that he should refrain himself of doing it again.
What could be the purppose of demanding that that man should not be made her performance manager? Does a company is supposed to obey all their female employees on who should be her boss?
3. Who will decide, Where is the fine line? Can a woman complainant only be allowed to make a judgement in this regard? The same women some time back shared all kind of jokes, emails, pornography etc. but when her request to change her performance manager gets rejected the same emails could be easily used for a professional benefit.
Does the professional environment and socio econiomic status has something to do with any dialog, gesture or conversation weather it is realy an act which is derogatory to the modesty of a woman or just a freindly/general act?
Definetly yes, because high profile professional girls do share even kisses as daily hello too.
4. Can CNN IBN sought the private anoymous opinions of some more female employees at KPMG working under those accused? Otherwise how KPMG could bag an award for “Best workplace for mothers”?
I fear “crying wolf” will deprive women from being even recruited at any workplace. The recruitment of female employees will be nill as it will be very costly for the corporates to maintain female employees:
1. Sexual harassment at workplace bill, coupled with
2. 6 months pregnency leaves (presently its 3 months, reported in
yesterday’s Hindustan Times)
and
3. Provisions for “Security issues”, like in some southern state of
India, chief minister has banned late night working of women
employees after the rape and death of a BPO employee.
Regards,
Neeraj