The Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the ‘New Normal’: Impact of COVID-19

Sexual harassment at the workplace causes severe physical and emotional damage. Such damage leads to reduced productivity and a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of the victims. The problem is compounded by long-held socio-cultural beliefs that tend to place the responsibility on the victim, thereby appending to existing inequalities in the workplace and the society at large. (more…)

One Stop Centres: A well intentioned Scheme gone awry?

By Ria Goyal, Ambedkar University, Delhi.

The One Stop Centre Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. One Stop Centres set up under this initiative  are to be funded from the INR 1000 Crore Nirbhaya Fund which was set up in 2013 to fund various schemes related to women’s safety. These OSCs are meant to provide integrated support and assistance under one roof, to women who have experienced violence in the public or private spheres like family, community or workspace. The violence can be of any kind, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse, and women are to be provided integrated support regardless of their age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race, and culture. Such support includes access to a range of services like medical, legal, psychological and counseling support. Further, women facing violence in the form of attempted sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, honor related crimes, acid attacks or witch-hunting, who approach the OSC, are entitled to the provision of specialized services. (more…)

Violence against Women

By Vaishali Mahlyan, University Institute of Law and Management Studies.

Violence against women in India is an issue which is rooted in the norm of our society.  Male dominating society, law favoring men, inadequate policing and judicial practices deny female victims proper protection and justice. We assume that with increasing participation of women in public life and the amended laws, we have bridged the gap between men and women and provided them with equal status. But the reality is, India still has a long way to go to make Indian women equal citizens in their own country. (more…)