Despite PoSH, sexual predators continue to lurk in workplaces

Posh-Sexual Harassment at Workplace Office
The very creation of the POSH guidelines into a potent Act, was hailed by all | Illaustration - Eunice Dhivya

In 2018, a group of four women workers in a garment factory just outside Chennai complained of sexual harassment by their superior. When their action led to a backlash, all the four quit.

Almost a year after they moved Madras High Court, the judges in August 2019 ordered the setting up of a local complaints committee (LCC) by the district collector of Kancheepuram.

Although the factory owners claimed they had an Internal Committee — which is a requirement as per the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 or the PoSH Act for workplaces — the workers allege that the committee was hurriedly formed only after they quit.

The process to set up the LCC has started. However, it is probably too late, for the company is rumoured to be shutting down and the supervisors and managers are contemplating leaving the country.

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