Domestic workers left out in Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill

Last Updated: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 14:39

New Delhi: Domestic workers have been
specifically left out of the ambit of the `Protection of Women
against Sexual Harassment at Workplace` Bill which seeks to
provide protection to all women at their places of work.

Domestic workers have been specifically excluded from
the definition of employee as it may be difficult to enforce
the provisions of the Bill within the privacy of homes and
there being no domestic code of conduct having been
prescribed, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna
Tirath told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

"It may be more practical for them to take recourse to
provisions under criminal law," she said.

Women who are employed as well as those who enter the
work place as clients, customers or apprentices besides, the
students and research scholars in colleges and universities
and patients in hospitals are sought to be covered under the
proposed legislation, she said in a written reply.

The proposed Bill on `Protection of Women against
Sexual Harassment at Workplace` seeks to provide protection to
women against sexual harassment at all workplaces both in the
public and the private sector, whether organised or
unorganised and also provides for prevention and redressal of
complaints of sexual harassment.

Such a legislation by giving women a sense of security
at the workplace would encourage their participation in work
resulting in their social and economic empowerment. It would
also contribute in achieving the goal of inclusive growth,
Tirath said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 14:39

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