The right to a harassment free work environment: A descript reality or a fail

Towseef Ahmad


Sexual harassment at workplace is a form of violence against women which renders a Sexually assaulted woman to emotional stress, social stigma and financially crippled with many other deprivations, restraints and limitations as she undergoes the worst trauma. The Supreme Court in the heydays of 1997 against Sexual harassment actually set out the guidelines for prohibition of Sexual harassment at Workplace. These are popularly known as “Vishakha Guidelines”. The Vishakha Guidelines recognized that Sexual harassment at Workplace is a violation of human rights and therefore all employers and responsible heads of the institutions must prepare certain rules of conduct at their respective Workplaces. The Court utilized Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women as an interpretive dispositional aid.


Keywords: Workplace, Women, Harassment, Guidelines, Complaint, Monism, Dualism and Convention.

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