Domestic workers left out in Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill
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Last Updated: Monday, March 07, 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 07, 2011, 14:39


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