Going by the report of recent RTI, the reply that came would shock everyone. RTI report suggests that even the President’s Secretariat located in Rashtrapati Bhavan is not completely safe for working women and sexual harassment to a woman has been reported.
The RTI of Dr. Nutan Thakur who filed the queries on April 2018 through online, had sought information about the number of complaints under the Prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace Act 2013 and the result of their inquiries.
President’s Secretariat that replied 09th May 2018 by Deputy Secretary J G Subramanian says that 02 complaints have been filed in the President Secretariat since the promulgation of the Act, both of which were enquired.
While 01 complaint was found false, the other was found to be true, in which the alleged employee was found guilty.
But the names and other details were not divulged as they are prohibited under the Act disclose.
The text of application that the RTI Information sought-
Kindly provide the following information as regards this Committee-
1. How have many complaints under the sexual harassment of women at workplace Act been filed in the President Secretariat since the promulgation of the Act?
2. In how many of these complaints, action has been taken.
3. In how many of these complaints, employees have been found guilty.
4. How many of these complaints have been found to be false or frivolous?
5. How many complaints under this Act has been filed in the President Secretariat since the formation of a new committee. What has been the outcome of these complaints?
“Women are the most vulnerable employee in the workplace. They are exploited in their workplace by the male boss. The shocking information reveals that women are nowhere safe in Indian -even at Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is really a disgrace for the nation. Now law for the strict punishment of the culprit should be enacted,” said Jyoti Vohra, a resident of South Delhi.