Disclosure regarding implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (SH Act,2013) made mandatory in the Director’s report as per amended the Company (Account) Rules, 2014

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21-December-2018 17:22 IST

Disclosure regarding implementation of SH Act made mandatory in the Director’s report as per amended the Company (Account) Rules, 2014

Section 22 of the SH Act mandates submission of the number of cases filed and their disposal under the SH Act within the organisation’s Annual Report or where no such report is required to be prepared, intimate such number of cases to the District Officer. Recently, at the request of Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has issued a notification dated 31st July, 2018 whereby it has amended the Company (Account) Rules, 2014 making the disclosure regarding the implementation of the SH Act mandatory in the Directors’ Report of every company.

In addition, Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) have also been requested to ensure effective implementation of the Act amongst their members in private sectors.

All State Governments and UT Administrations have also been requested to advise their Secretary, Industries/Commerce to organize similar workshops and awareness programmes in each and every industry, business house, private sector entity of the States/UTs.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has started collecting data regarding sexual harassment at workplace under the category of insult to the modesty of women (section 509 of IPC) at office premises since 2014. A total number of 57 and 119 cases were registered during 2014 and 2015 respectively. Further, a total number of 7305 cases have been registered under insult to the modesty of women (section 509 of IPC) in year 2016 which also include cases of sexual harassment at office premises.

The above Information was given by Minister of State for Women and Child Development, DR. VIRENDRA KUMAR in reply to an Unstarred Question in the Rajya Sabha, yesterday.

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