Archive for March 20th, 2007

The Sexual Harassment Bill

I’ve been hearing rumblings about a sexual harassment bill. I decided to check it out from the NCW website. I was appalled. Who are these morons drafting these laws? What are they after ?

Here is a draft of the bill: Draft Sexual Harassment Bill

Here is the judgement of the Supreme Court: Visakha Vs State Of Rajasthan

I have strong opinions about this bill for the following reasons.

Is sexual harassment an issue for the working women of India ? The answer is a resounding yes.

Can this be trusted to be drafted intelligently and with safeguards built in to prevent abuse? No, not if drafted by the same set of morons who drafted the DV Act and who oppose the amendment of 498A.

Here is a link to a doc from the NCW  on BPO guidelines.

More on this later. In the meantime, here is the SC judgment on sexual harassment: Visakha Vs State Of Rajasthan

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Some Interesting Stats On Arrests Of Women

In 1930, the British govt arrested 17,000 women for their involvement in the Dandi Yatra (Salt March). During 1937 to 1947 (10 Years), they arrested 5,000 women involved in the freedom struggle. From 2004 to 2006, the govt of India arrested 90,000 women of all ages under 498A. On the average, 27,000 women per year are being arrested under this flawed law. These are stats from the NCRB.

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The family of the writer was tortured by the Indian Police in an attempt to extort over a $100,000 by holding them in custody for over a week. The police, in cahoots with the magistrate and the PP, did this due to the ridiculous allegations made in a 498A case by his embittered ex-wife. She filed the case years after he and his family had last seen her. Thousands of 498A cases are filed each year in India by women seeking to wreak vengeance on their husbands and in-laws. Enormous sums are extorted from intimidated families implicated in these cases by corrupt Indian police officers and elements of the Indian judiciary. The author and his family haven't bribed any public official nor have they given in to the extortion. This blog aims to raise awareness of due process in India. The content of this blog constitutes, opinions, observations, and publicly available documents. The intent is not to slander or defame anyone or any institution and is the manifestation of the author's right to freedom of expression – with all the protections this right guarantees.

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