‘4 women lost jobs for ha­rass­ment plaint’

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

EVEN af­ter four women of a pri­vate gar­ment fac­tory al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment by their pro­duc­tion man­ager, no mem­bers of the po­lit­i­cal class have taken up the mat­ter, said Su­jatha Mody, pres­i­dent, Pen Thozhi­lar­gal Sangam.

While the women are re­main­ing job­less for rais­ing com­plaints, the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor con­tin­ues to work in the fac­tory, she said. News re­ports of the women’s fight against the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor in their fac­tory in Kancheep­u­ram were not taken with se­ri­ous­ness it mer­its, said Su­jatha at a press meet in Chep­auk on Fri­day. “No ac­tion has been ini­ti­ated against the man,” she added. The women had lodged for­mal com­plaints not only with the or­gan­i­sa­tion but also with the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion and the State Com­mis­sion for women.

Al­though an in­ter­nal com­plaints com­mit­tee is manda­tory in ev­ery pri­vate or pub­lic or­gan­i­sa­tion with 10 or more em­ploy­ees, ac­cord­ing to the Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment of Women at Work­place (Pre­ven­tion, Pro­hi­bi­tion and Re­dres­sal) Act, 2013, a ma­jor­ity of work­places have failed to con­sti­tute the com­mit­tee, said mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Re­cently, a study, con­ducted by We-Care, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that works for gen­der jus­tice, re­vealed that only 51 of the 100 or­gan­i­sa­tions sur­veyed in Madu­rai, Dindigul, Theni and Ra­manatha­pu­ram had in­ter­nal com­plaints com­mit­tees.

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