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SC rejects PIL seeking info on anti-sexual harassment panel

Last Updated: Monday, January 18, 2010 - 22:05

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected
a PIL which wanted to know whether the apex court had
appointed any committee to deal with "sexual harassment" of
women advocates in the premises and complied with various
guidelines framed under the RTI Act.

A bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and Surinder Singh
Nijjar directed the petitioner Gopal Sankarnarayanan, advocate
appearing on behalf of NGO "Youth For Equality", to file an
appropriate application before the Supreme Court registry for
the information sought.

In his brief argument, Sankarnaryan argued the Supreme
Court, in the Visakha case, had directed all public
institutions to set up special committees to deal with sexual
harassment of women employees at their work places.

He pointed out that since the Supreme Court itself was
a public authority within the definition of the RTI Act, it
was necessary for the apex court to constitute such a
committee to deal with "sexual harassment" of women advocates
at work place.

"It is unclear whether the Supreme Court has implemented
the sexual harassment guidelines laid down in Vishaka v. State
of Rajasthan, (1997) 6 SCC 241 and constituted a complaints
committee as had been directed in that case," the petition
submitted.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 18, 2010 - 22:05

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