After eight years of POSH Law do you think it has achieved its objectives and delivered what was expected of it?
CA Actually 8 years for a socially beneficial legislation, that aims at changing the habits and mindset of society, is really not too long a time. For example, we have seen the fate of the Dowry Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 and thereafter Child Marriage Protection Act, 2006. Has society overcome the social vices of Dowry and Child Marriages? The answer is in the negative.
Nevertheless, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is trying to achieve its objectives. It is fairly effective in the organised sectors, but is still dormant and therefore rather ineffective in the unorganised sectors. The most glaring instance is existence of the Local Complaints Committee in the Districts and the Nodal Officer in each Block, constituted under Sub Sections (1) and (2) of Section 6 is still a far cry the most of the people concerned. Therefore, the significant share of the...