SUB: APPLICABILITY OF GUIDELINES LAID DOWN BY HON’BLE SUPREME COURT IN THE CASES OF VISHAKHA & ORS. VS. STATE OF RAJASTHAN & ORS. AND DR. MEDHA KOTWAL LELE & ORS. VS. UNION OF INDIA & ORS. FOR PREVENTION AND DEALING WITH THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS/WORK PLACES ETC.
Attention of members and firms of Chartered Accountants registered with the ICAI is hereby drawn to the specific guidelines laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (in the cases viz., Vishakha & Ors. vs. State of Rajasthan & Ors. and Dr. Medha Kotwal Lele & Ors. vs. Union of India & Ors. decided by judgment dated 13th August, 1997 and 19th October, 2012 respectively) on prevention and dealing with sexual harassment at the educational institutions/ work places etc.
In terms of the said relevant judgement, followed by the enactment of The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the guidelines so formed shall be applicable to organizations/ bodies/ associations/ institutions and persons registered/affiliated with ICAI including, the office of ICAI its organs at different levels/ locations and offices of members and firms registered with it. Accordingly, all concerned are required to follow the aforesaid guidelines in letter and spirit.
For further details, about the judgement and text of The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, please visit the website – www.icai.org.