Panaji: To fulfil the promise that the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace (POSH) Act holds out to working women all over the country, the Supreme Court has directed the Union government and all state governments to undertake a time-bound exercise to verify whether all the ministries, departments, government organisations, authorities, public sector undertakings, institutions, and bodies have constituted sexual harassment committees.
The Supreme Court passed the order on a petition filed by former head of department of Goa University, Aureliano Fernandes, who had challenged his dismissal by the GU in 2010 following complaints by student of alleged physical harassment. His appeal was dismissed by the high court in 2012, and he subsequently approached the SC.
The POSH Act was legislated a decade ago, and taking stock of its implementation, the court said that the working of the Act is centered on the constitution of internal complaints committees (ICCs) by every employer at the workplace and the constitution of local committees (LCs) and internal committees (ICs) by the government.
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The Times of India
June 3, 2023
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