169 com­plaints of sex­ual harass­ment in pri­vate firms: WCD min­istry

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Press Trust of In­dia htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: A to­tal of 169 com­plaints of sex­ual harass­ment at work­place have been re­ceived in pri­vate in­dus­tries since 2017, the Union women and child de­vel­op­ment min­istry (WCD min­istry) has said.

Delhi was on the sec­ond spot across the coun­try in terms of the num­ber of com­plaints re­ceived since 2017, of­fi­cials said. The Cap­i­tal, of­fi­cials said, recorded 23 com­plaints.

The com­plaints were re­ceived through ‘She-box’, an on­line sys­tem for fil­ing com­plaints by women, work­ing in both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tors, re­lated to sex­ual harass­ment at the work­place.

A se­nior min­istry of­fi­cial said 169 com­plaints have been re­ceived through ‘ She-box’ since 2017.

The high­est num­ber of com­plaints have been re­ceived from Ma­ha­rash­tra (33), fol­lowed by Delhi 23.

Cen­tral min­istries have re­ceived as many as 141 sex­ual harass­ment com­plaints since last year, out of which 45 have been dis­posed of, the women and child de­vel­op­ment min­istry said.

The high­est num­ber of com­plaints were re­ceived by the Fi­nance Min­istry (21), fol­lowed by the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Min­istry of De­fence at 16, the min­istry said.

Against the back­drop of the “Metoo” cam­paign, the women and child de­vel­op­ment min­istry had last month linked the on­line por­tal to re­port com­plaints of sex­ual harass­ment at work­place, to all the cen­tral min­istries, de­part­ments and 653 dis­tricts across 33 states and Union ter­ri­to­ries.

For prompt dis­posal of com­plaints on “She-box”, each case goes di­rectly to the cen­tral or state au­thor­ity con­cerned hav­ing ju­ris­dic­tion to take ac­tion in the mat­ter.

Cases on ‘She-box’ can be mon­i­tored by the com­plainant and the women and child de­vel­op­ment min­istry, re­duc­ing the time taken in case dis­posal.

THE COM­PLAINTS WERE RE­CEIVED THROUGH ‘SHE-BOX’, AN ON­LINE SYS­TEM FOR FIL­ING COM­PLAINTS BY

WOMEN, WORK­ING IN BOTH GOV­ERN­MENT AND PRI­VATE SEC­TORS

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