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SC directs all HCs to set up anti-sexual harassment panels within 2 months

It requested Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal of the Delhi High Court to constitute the panel in the high court and in all district courts in the national capital within a week

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Thursday asked chief justices or justices of all high courts to set up anti-committees in courts across the country within two months in accordance with a 2013

It also requested Justice of the to constitute the panel in the high court and in all district courts in the capital within a week.

A bench headed by was hearing a petition filed by a practising who alleged that she had been assaulted by some lawyers observing a strike at the Tis Hazari district court complex here.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked the and the Bar leaders to amicably settle their disputes and directed that advocates from both sides should not be arrested in connection with the two cross FIRs filed by them against each other.

The bench asked the crime branch of to investigate the cross complaints filed by the lawyers.

The bench transferred the trials, which would arise from the two cross FIRs, to the Patiala House district court in and asked the Bar leaders not to interfere with the administration of justice.

The bench then disposed of a writ petition filed by the against the advocates and some members of for allegedly assaulting her.

The of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013 requires every workplace to set up committees to probe complaints.

First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 15:13 IST