Keep Domestic maids/helps within the ambit of Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at the Work Place Bill 2010 sign now

The Honble Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh
Government of India , South Block
New Delhi-110011

With copy for necessary action to
The Honble President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
Rashtrapati Bhavan , New Delhi 110011

Respected Sir / Madam ,

We , The Undersigned , wish to bring to your notice that we are delighted that the Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at the Work Place Bill 2010 , that will place victims of sexual harassment at the workplace on a par with rape victims or juvenile delinquents , has been cleared by the Union cabinet, in which a key feature is acknowledgment of the stigma and social discomfort which filing a case generates for a victim. This is good that acknowledging victims' need for absolute confidentiality, the bill the bill provides for no information on the complainant or the complaint be made known to the media public in any manner.Though this would overpower the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2005, forbidding investigating officials, government officers and anyone else with access to the relevant information to disclose any of it , but we welcome this move of the government in the larger interest of society. This is also good that to control fake complaints , for the very first time , the bill provides for punishment under service rules for any person giving a false complaint or false evidence .

Though the bill provides protection to women who are employed and also to any woman who enters the workplace as a client, customer, apprentice, daily wage worker or in ad hoc capacity , Students, research scholars in colleges or university and patients in hospitals , the bill has left the most vulnerable ( to sexual harassment ) section of the society i.e. the domestic maids , who are not covered by the bill and this is the most negative aspect of the bill that takes all the positives of the bill away from it.

This is in utter injustice that the government wants to leave that section of women workers who constitutes a major chunk of working-women and are amongst the most exploited ones . Studies have shown that they are extremely vulnerable to sexual harassment. In this Context , the Bill has extremely limited scope and it is very condemnable that the government has not taken this marginalized section of the society which constitutes the largest section of working-women though working in an unorganized sector.

The Bill shall now be presented in Parliament. We demand that before tabling the bill in the parliament , necessary provisions be made to bring domestic maids/helps within the ambit of the Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at the Work Place Bill 2010 .

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