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Women to Get 90 day Paid Leave During Inquiry of Sexual Harassment Cases

Sexual harassment has been a hot topic in these days. TVF Arunabh Kumar has been accused of sexual harassment recently by an anonymous girl who posted her story on a blog and many women came forward supporting the claim. Everyone was shocked, TVF rubbishes the claim but still, that make us think about the vulnerable condition women are in work environment.

The majority of the women don’t ever come forward because of the stigma they face after. There were guidelines given by the Supreme Court for sexual harassment but the implementation is not good. Even if a woman ever come forward against the harassment she will be further harassed by the employer who will use his influence to bully her.

But now the Central government has come up with a new scheme under which women who have filed sexual harassment case will get a 90-day paid leave during the pendency of the inquiry. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) recently amended the service’s rule in this regard.

Special leave up to a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved woman government servant during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the new rules said.

The leave granted to the aggrieved woman employee “shall not be debited against the leave account”, it said. These leaves will be in addition to those already given to the central government employees.

The special leaves, in this case, will be given on the recommendation of the internal committee or the local committee, formed to look into such charges, the rules said.

This is an applaudable move by the government after the number of sexual harassment cases filed by the women nowadays.

By – Parul Kulshrestha

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