Dopt Issues Fresh Guidelines Regarding Sexual Harassment Of Women At Workplace

Department of Personnel and Training has issued fresh guidelines regarding Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace.

In a review meeting on implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, chaired by The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, held in October, 2016, it was decided that DoPT would issue fresh instructions in this regard.

Following are the guidelines issued by DoPT;

  1. Brief details of the implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act including the number of cases received and disposed shall form a part of the Annual Report of all ministries/ departments and authorities there under.
  2. The enquiry of cases must be completed within 30 days and under any circumstances within 90 days from the date of the complaint.
  3. The ministries/ departments etc. have to keep a watch on the complainant so as to ensure that she is not victimized in any manner because of her having filed the complaint. The aggrieved woman has been given further option to send representation to the Secretary or head of the organization in case she feels that she is being victimized because of her complaint. The concerned authority will be required to dispose of this complaint within 15 days.
  4. All ministries/ departments etc. are now required to submit a monthly progress report to the Ministry of Women and Child Development so that the progress can be monitored.

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