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IWPC seeks inquiry by appropriate forums in cases of sexual harassment at workplace

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Expressing concern over the spate of instances of sexual faced by women journalists, the (IWPC) on Tuesday called for initiation of inquiry by the appropriate forums in all cases of sexual at

It also called upon to set up robust mechanisms required under the Prevention of Sexual at Act and react proactively as and when such instances are reported to give out a message that there will be zero tolerance for such behaviour.

The IWPC also expressed concern that narratives and complaints of at are often threatened by defamation which can dissuade women from complaining or compel them to withdraw their complaints.

"The IWPC recognises that at the workplace is a pervasive phenomenon and that women still find it difficult to report such instances, whether they have occurred in the present or in the past.

"The threat to use defamation can have the effect of dissuading women from complaining or compel them to withdraw their complaints," the forum said in a statement.

The IWPC believes that there should be constant support and encouragement to women to speak out against the harassment they have faced.

It also believes that proper processes of inquiry be initiated by the appropriate forums in all cases of at the workplace including in instances where the incident may be dated, it said.

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First Published: Tue, November 20 2018. 22:50 IST