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Bill to amend sexual harassment at workplace sent to GoM

Amendments to Prevention,Prohibition and Redressal Bill failed to get the Union Cabinet's nod today.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
April 26, 2012 9:25:14 pm

With a number of ministers raising eyebrows over certain provisions,the amendments to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention,Prohibition and Redressal) Bill failed to get the Union Cabinet’s nod today.

Sources said the bill has,therefore,been referred to a Group of Ministers headed Home Minister P Chidambaram. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath are other members of the GoM that will examine the issue.

As the bill proposes to bring domestic helps and workers under the ambit of the legislation,it is expected to provide speedy redressal to about 47.5 lakh women registered as domestic helps and workers in case of sexual harassment.

A senior minister,speaking on condition of anonymity,said “some more discussion is needed on the bill. You cannot have it completely one-sided”.

Sources said the main objection of the members was that bill is loaded in favour of the complainant and the burden of proving innocence is on the employers,which could encourage false complaints.

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