What defines "Sexual Harassment"?

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Physical contact and advances

Subjecting another person to an unwelcome act of physical intimacy including grabbing ,brushing, touching, including sexual flirtations advances or propositions.

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Unwelcome conduct of sexual nature

Behaviour which creates an environment that is intimidating,hostile,offensive,humiliating for women employee.

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Making sexually colored remarks

Making any unwelcome remark with sexual connotations like sexually explicit,remarks,cracking jokes or using sentences with sexual connotations or making sexist remarks etc.

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Showing pornography

Showing any sexually explicit visual material in the form of pictures / cartoons / pinups / calenders / screen-savers on computers / any offensive written or electronicmaterial / including / including pornographic.

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A demand or request for sexual favors

Making an unwelcome demand or request whether directly or by implication for sexual favours and/or making it a condition of employment / payment of wages / increments / promotion / preferential treatment / threat to detrimental treatment in employment /threat to current or future employment status or similar act.

With the recent issues revolving around sexual harassment all over the world be it the #MeToo that led to #TimesUp or be it the traumatizing harassment cases at the hands of Bollywood veterans, we all are acquainted with the issue.

The act was mainly enacted for 3 things.

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Protection against

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Prevention of

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Remedy of complaints of Sexual Harassment at workplaces.

The topic of Sexual Harassment was shrouded in Silence until Vishaka triggered a national consciousness on an issue that was not given its due importance for a long time.

There is an urgent need for organisations to think about this problem holistically & not just as isolated cases that happen within the organization.

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Objective of having this act supremely is to protect the fundamental rights enshrined in our constitution:

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Right to Life
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Right to equality
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Right to live with dignity
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Right to practice in a safe environment
It has been observed that equality in any sector be it organized or unorganized cannot be achieved if women are subjected to gender specific violence at workplace, such as sexual harassment.

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