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MeToo impact: Indian corporates need to show zero tolerance approach on sexual misconduct cases at workplace

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14.10.2018

Over the last few days, the #MeToo campaign has gathered steam in India. Women from various industries, different age groups and diverse backgrounds have openly spoken about instances of sexual harassment, and in many cases have uncovered the masks of those who allegedly abused their positions of power. Given the current scenario, it becomes important for companies to sensitise their employees on a regular basis to prevent such cases.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, or the POSH Act, was implemented several years after the Supreme Court issued guidelines regarding sexual harassment against women at the workplace. Under the POSH Act, every Indian company is required to set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to exclusively hear such cases and conduct inquiries where a prima facie case is established. Recently, the Companies (Accounts) Amendment Rules, 2018, was introduced, requiring the board of every company to include a........

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