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Mumbai: Finance minister rues rise in sexual harasssment


Mumbai: Voicing concern for the rise in instances of sexual harassment of women at workplaces, Sudhir Mungantiwar, the Finance Minister of state government on Wednesday said that women should be protected and it is time they raised voice against harassment.

Mungantiwar, was speaking at the consultation programme on ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace’, organised by the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSWC) at Bandra. The programme had a series of discussions on the safety of women at workplace and issues and salient features on sexual harassment.

Mungantiwar referred to the Sexual Harassment of Woman at Workplace Act of 2013. He said, “According to the provisions in the Act, every organisation must establish an internal committee to look into the complaints by women against harassment from their male superiors or men colleagues. Women can now complain to the internal committee and the committee is expected to take stringent action against the offenders.”

“The Act compels the employers to create a friendly and safe atmosphere for women employees to avoid any kind of sexual harassment,” Mungantiwar added.