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Is BCI Takes Necessary Steps in Sexual Harassment On Women Advocates? Is BCI Takes Necessary Steps in Sexual Harassment On Women Advocates?

Bronze medal Reporter Adv.Lakshmi Posted 11 Jan 2019 Read More News and Blogs
Is BCI Takes Necessary Steps in Sexual Harassment On Women Advocates?

#Me-too movement made very wide range of acceptance, the women open up their mind on the abusive things that harassed them physically and mentally, especially at the work place. Their words know the heading that blast with the sensation in most of the national dailies. Every day we are waking up with news related with the persons, about them we have not expected these type of behavior. Ladies are not safe at any place, they harassed mentally and physically at their houses, workplaces, while they are traveling etc. It is not different in the corridors of the courts also. The number of women lawyers and judges are very less compared to the men in SC. Many famous lady advocates made statements on the harassments that happened to them. Last year a lady advocate gets raped by her senior, An NGO named “Art of Learning” approach the Delhi High Court on this issue. They said that the Bar Council of India. Bar Council of Delhi and all other District Bar Councils are failed to provide safety to the ladies advocates.

They claimed that the associations do not take the necessary actions inside the association to provide safety measures to the lady advocates to work freely without any tortures. They said that they do not take any basic steps for this. lawyers in India

The number of officially registered cases increases in last years at workplace. Many women from different working places like from the film industry, Music, Journalist have disclosed their words. The Supreme Court also not free from it. The petitioners said that "formulate suitable guidelines and/or regulations for ensuring safety and security of women advocates and interns within the precincts of the respective courts that they are seized of".

In the petition, they said that

“The young law students, legal interns, and paralegals are particularly prone to harassment as well as others who access the system such as clients or litigants. In India, women, especially those who do not adhere to conventional norms are at a higher risk of sexual harassment in the form of sexual gossip and comments by male lawyers in the courts. The court corridors become a hub where almost every woman lawyer is observed and discussed by male lawyers, as to their dress, mannerisms, relationships. This gossip often gets carried to the judges, courts staff and clerks...... Requests for sexual favors are made. It is considered acceptable if a woman who is seen as having "easy morals" (the assessment of morals often being narrow and subjective) is raped or molested or slandered."

As per the Sexual  Harassment Act complaint on it

Any aggrieved woman may make, in writing, a complaint of sexual harassment at workplace to the Internal Committee if so constituted, or the Local Committee, in case it is not so constituted, within a period of three months from the date of incident and in case of a series of incidents, within a period of three months from the date of last incident:

Provided that where such complaint cannot be made in writing, the Presiding Officer or any Member of the Internal Committee or the Chairperson or any Member of the Local Committee, as the case may be, shall render all reasonable assistance to the woman for making the complaint in writing:

Provided further that the Internal Committee or, as the case may be, the Local Committee may, for the reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the time limit not exceeding three months, if it is satisfied that the circumstances were such which prevented the woman from filing a complaint within the said period.

2.     Where the aggrieved woman is unable to make a complaint on account of her physical or mental incapacity or death or otherwise, her legal heir or such other person as may be prescribed may make a complaint under this section.

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