Now victims of sexual harassment will get paid leave of 90 days
It will come as a relief to the victims who undergo a lot of trauma while working in the office that too in the presence of the accused, a senior DoPT official said.
New Delhi: Women central government employees who have filed complaints of sexual harassment will now be eligible for a paid leave of at least 90 days during the inquiry into their allegation, said government.
The announcement comes after there were several complaints of accused trying to influence or threaten victims who have filed complaint against them.
Leave up to a maximum of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female government servant during the pendency of inquiry, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
"The leave so granted to the aggrieved woman under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account," it said.
"It will come as a relief to the victims who undergo a lot of trauma while working in the office that too in the presence of the accused," a senior DoPT official said.
This provision has been framed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, a legislation mandated to provide protection to women against sexual harassment at work place.