Ten long years of PoSH – Safety or Inclusion? Or Both?

Ten long years of PoSH - Safety or Inclusion? Or Both?
It is not enough to have just rules in place, the intent to implement should be there. A law requiring proforma setting up of overseeing body with no teeth to prosecute the perpetrators borders on useless.

In a world witnessing strife like never seen before, the question of prevention of sexual harassment (or POSH) may seem insignificant to many. While large organisations today have an equality policy, which is remuneration based, and do not discriminate on the basis of gender in career growth, numbers belie this situation? As per the World Bank’s World Development Indicators Database, only 23% of the Indian population forms the workforce comprising women. In 2023, it was seen that not over 10% off the Fortune 500 companies had a woman, CEO or MD globally and only 100 out of the 2000 companies listed on NSE had women CEOs.

In the previous article titled “PoSH in India: A Real Protection or a Glass Fence?” published in Business Manager in 2021, the thin line between a moral obligation and a legal obligation to respect a woman co-worker and ensuring their safety in the workplace was the central theme. At the juncture of completion of 8 years of POSH law, the article raised questions on the impending need for adequate organisational policies...

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Archana Balasubramanian

is Founder and Partner at Agama Law Associate, Mumbai. Archana has versatile experience of over 13 years wherein she has gained immense tactical transactional understanding as well as significant industry expertise across diverse sectors.

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Archana Balasubramanian

is Founder and Partner at Agama Law Associate, Mumbai. Archana has versatile experience of over 13 years wherein she has gained immense tactical transactional understanding as well as significant industry expertise across diverse sectors.

April 2024

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