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30 September 2014
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POWERS OF THE NCW
Why an abused employee feels let down by the judiciary

A recent Bombay HC ruling on the powers of the NCW, with regard to a case involving sexual harassment at the workplace, could have significant implications for gender justice in the long term. Revathi Siva Kumar looks at the facts of the case and the debate that it has stirred up. 

Women's Representation Women

RE-READING SEC 498A
Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?
The court decision prohibiting immediate arrests upon complaints of dowry harassment under IPC Section 498A meets the need for safeguards against false charges and enjoys the support of many, including a budding filmmaker. But does it come at a greater risk to genuine victims? Shoma Chatterji explores.
Films Dowry Laws Society

PREVENTING RAPE
Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?
Every case of sexual violence that becomes a cause celebre gives rise to earnest calls for action which often yield some results. But limited, quick-fix solutions that do not address the underlying causes of this deep-rooted problem have clearly not worked, writes Ammu Joseph in the first of a two-part article examining the many layers of the issue.
Ammu Joseph Justice Gender Violence Society Women

TACKLING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A law to help women, but who is enforcing it?
Passed in 2005, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act could have been an effective tool to ensure redress for victims of domestic abuse. But an understaffed implementation body has made it yet another selective and often toothless piece of legislation, finds Puja Awasthi.
Gender Violence Women

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE
Digging deeper into the law
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 aims to create safer workplaces for women in particular. However, as Anagha Sarpotdar points out, without deeper discussion and interpretation of its provisions, prevention of abuse at workplaces may remain a pipe dream.
Work+Life Women

 

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