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High Court of Delhi on Sexual Harassment and Defamation

sexual harassment and defamation

For those of us who handle inquiries into complaints of sexual harassment at workplace, it is very common to hear a party say that they desire to file a defamation suit before a Court. One also often reads about defamation cases being filed before, during and / or after a complaint of sexual harassment. Recently, …

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A Clear Case of Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

Case of Quid Pro Quo

On 24th June, 2016, the High Court of Gauhati decided the case of Tezpur University and Ors. vs. C.S.H.N. Murthy, which was a clear case of quid pro quo sexual harassment. The facts of the case are that in 2013, a student (“Complainant”) of Mass Communication and Journalism (“MCJ”) immediately on the next day after …

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ICC Inquiry Report Cross Examination & More: High Court of Kerala

In the case of L. S. Sibu vs. Air India Limited and Others, the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulum, held on 8th April 2016 that: Referring to the case of Medha Kotwal Lele vs. Union of India, 2013(1) SCC 311, the Court held that the status of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) is deemed …

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Inquiry Report of ICC binding on Employer & must be provided to Parties

inquiry report of ICC

In the case of Pradip Mandal vs. Union of India and Ors., the High Court of Calcutta, in its decision dated 9th June, 2016, held that Section 13 (4) of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“Act”) makes the recommendation of the ICC (inquiry report) binding on the …

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Delhi High Court: What should ICC Remember while Inquiring into a Complaint?

What should ICC Remember while Inquiring

In a recent case, Manjeet Singh vs. Indrapastha Gas Limited, decided by the High Court of Delhi on 24.10.2016, held that the person against whom a complaint of sexual harassment has been filed, must be presumed to be innocent until there is evidence to show otherwise. It went on to say that while an internal …

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Calcutta High Court on “Sexually Coloured Remarks”

sexually coloured remarks

In the case of Jishu Sengupta & Others vs. The State of West Bengal & Anr., decided by the High Court of Calcutta on 4th November, 2016, the Court held that statements with sexual connotations and sexual innuendos are “sexually coloured remarks” and fall within the definition of sexual harassment under Section 354A of the …

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Guidelines for Employers by Bombay High Court

bombay high court

Recently, the Bombay High Court, in the case of Vidya Akhave vs. Union of India, Department of Women & Children and Ors., decided on 4th October, 2016, made an observation that: Very often women share common concerns which men do not necessarily share or the concern expressed by women have not been necessarily understood by men …

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Guidelines for Employers and ICC Members: DHC

Guidelines for Employers

The case of Linda Eastwood vs. Union of India and Ors., decided by the High Court of Delhi on 23rd December, 2015 i.e Guidelines for Employers and ICC Members, is an important one as it discusses several issues in relation to constitution of an internal complaints committee, conduct of an inquiry and preparation of the …

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Sexual Harassment : Proportionality of Punishment to Harasser Delhi HC

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The High Court of Delhi, in two recent cases, Puja Dubey vs. Union of India and Ors, (in July, 2016) (“Puja Dubey Case”) and A. K. Singh vs. Union of India and Ors., (in December, 2015) (“Singh Case”) was faced with the question of proportionality of punishment. While the Puja Dubey case is not a …

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Can a Complainant of Sexual Harassment ask for information on her own complaint through RTI?

complainant ask information through rti

In the case of Puspanjali Padhy vs. Central Public Information Officer, Indian Overseas Bank, before the Central Information Commission (“CIC”), New Delhi on 30th March, 2016, the issue of confidentiality under Section 16 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“the Act”) versus right to information (“RTI”) under …

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Case on transfer during pendency of a complaint of sexual harassment

pendency of a complaint

The High Court of Delhi recently, on 29th July, 2016, discussed transfer (during pendency of a complaint of sexual harassment) by an internal complaints committee (“ICC”), in accordance with Section 12 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“the Act”) in the case of Rupesh Hari vs. Union …

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Company to pay Rs. 1.68 crore as damages for sexual harassment – Madras HC

damages for sexual harassment

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“the Act”) was notified on 9th December, 2013. However, even after more than a year of coming into force, it appears from surveys and comments from the Ministry of Women and Child Development in various newspaper reports, that many organizations have still …

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