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Women harassment in Services; Parl panel worried

In the last few years, senior officers including a Lieutenant General and Major General have been punished for their involvment in separate cases of misbehaviour against women.



New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has
expressed surprise on a practice where wives of senior
officers of paramilitary forces, especially BSF, have been
adjudicating on sexual harassment complaints of women
employees made against their senior officials.

The committee on Empowerment of Women, with the focus on
`women in paramilitary forces` has also asked the Home
Ministry that guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court on
sexual harassment should be complied strictly in forces like
BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, NSG and SSB.

"The committee is surprised to note that in some of these
forces, specially in BSF, wives of the officers listen to the
grievances of the women employees which can never be an
unbiased/impartial corrective measure as there have been cases
where the women employees were harassed by their seniors and
the wives of the senior officers sat on the judgement in the
cases pertaining to the grievances/sexual harassment," the
committee said in its report tabled in the Parliament today.

The committee also said that the guidelines of Supreme
Court, as prescribed in Vishakha Dutt case, are not being
scrupulously followed in paramilitary forces.

The government, while replying to the committees
observations, said "all the Central Armed Police Forces
(CAPFs) are strictly following the guidelines of the Supreme
Court in this regard and have setup the complaints committees.

These committees are headed by a lady officer of sufficiently
senior rank.

In the event of non-availability of a lady officer,
senior to the alleged perpetrator, respective CAPFs approach
MHA for detailment of Chairperson from other organisation."

PTI

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