Now ‘humiliating treatment’ of women will amount to sexual harassment
NEW DELHI: Humiliating treatment of women that is
likely to affect their health and promise of preferential or detrimental
treatment can now amount to sexual harassment under amended service rules for
This information was given by Jitendra Singh, Union
Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in a written
reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
The service rules were amended by the Ministry on
November 19 to widen definition of sexual harassment and to make work place
more conducive for women to work.
“The implied or explicit promise of preferential or
detrimental treatment in employment, threat about present or future employment
and humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety may amount to
sexual harassment,” Singh said.
Besides, interference with her work or creating an
intimidating or offensive or hostile work environment for women employees may
amount to sexual harassment, he said.
The new rules are expected to bring in more clarity on
various sexual harassment offences punishable under the law.
As per the new definition under the Central Civil
Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, sexual harassment includes physical contact and
advances, a demand or request for sexual favours, making sexually coloured
remarks, showing pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal,
non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature, the House was told.
As per rules, work place includes any department,
organisation, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office,
branch or unit which is established, owned, controlled or wholly or
substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the central
President Pranab Mukherjee had last year given his
assent to the Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Work Place Bill,
2010, aimed at providing protection against sexual harassment of women at
workplace and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual
The new law has under its ambit even domestic workers
and agriculture labour, both from organised and unorganised sectors.