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Set up sexual harassment probe panels in courts: Supreme Court

Supreme Court of India. File

Supreme Court of India. File   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

The Supreme Court on Friday asked Chief Justices of High Courts across the country to set up anti-sexual harassment at workplace committees in High Courts and district courts within two months

A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said the committees should be constituted in accordance with the mandate of The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013 and the Vishaka case guidelines of the Supreme Court to protect women in workplaces

With promptitude

The apex court asked Chief Justices and Acting Chief Justices of High Courts to constitute the committee with “quiet promptitude”. The court directed that the Registrar Generals of the High Courts should file compliance reports on or before July 15. The issue would be taken up suo motu by the apex court in case the committees were not constituted by the stipulated date.

Assault on woman lawyer

The order came in the backdrop of the alleged assault and manhandling of a woman lawyer by her male colleagues at the Tis Hazari courts in the national capital. She had appeared for a client while the lawyers were on a boycott.

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