Many women in India (sometimes even men) have been facing sexual harassment in one or the other way. Be it at the workplace or in any other public place, a lot have people have fallen victim to sexual harassment.
As the number of people using the internet rises, sexual harassment takes place online too. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the Sexual Harassment Laws that are existing in India. Yes, Indian penal code has laws to protect every citizen from sexual harassment. In this blog, we will discuss Sexual Harassment Laws that exist in India.
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1. Staring at women is considered an offense if it makes her feel uncomfortable. This can be even for a few seconds.
2. Under IPC Section 294, singing indecent songs and catcalling women at public places is considered harassment. Doing so can lead to imprisonment of 3 months or the offender may be fined.
3. Following women with or without their knowledge leads to stalking and is considered sexual harassment. The offender can be jailed for up to 5 years along with a fine.
4. Demanding sexual favors from women, even if she is not interested, is punishable under IPC section 354(A). The accused can be jailed up to 3 years along with the fine.
5. If the woman is asked for sexual favors by her senior colleague in exchange for work benefits, promotions or salary hikes, it is considered as sexual harassment. Each company with more than 10 employees must have an Internal Complaints Committee.
6. Watching, capturing or sharing pictures of women engaging in a private act without her permission is voyeurism. It is punishable under IPC Section 354 and the accused can be imprisoned for one to three years along with a fine.
7. As per section 499, morphing pictures of women and sharing them with the intention of defaming and harassing is a crime. This act is punishable under the law.
8. If a person posts offensive or defamatory stuff on a public online platform with the intention of defaming women, it is considered as a crime and the offender can face a jail term up to two years along with the fine.
9. Making sexually colored remarks against women in public spaces is a crime and he can be jailed for up to 3 years along with the fine.
10. The domestic help is also covered by Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.
11. If a woman faces sexual harassment, she has all the right to file First Information Report (FIR) at the local police station. While filing the FIR, you must ask for the statement to be recorded in a language you understand. If not possible you must ask the officer to translate.
12. According to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, if the sexual harassment complaint is filed by women, the inquiry has to be completed within 90 days.
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