The scenario of sexual harassment of women at work place in Tamil Nadu
R Senthamil Selvi, Dr. S Balamurugan
Sexual harassment of women in Tamil Nadu is prevalent from long time, but it is only recent times that the voices have been raised against it. Earlier it was considered as social taboo to talk about Sexual Harassment of women. The problem of sexual harassment at the workplace is a major occupational hazard affecting women all over in India. The situation is even more serious as 92 per cent of working women are in the informal. Sexual harassment of women at workplace is one of the important issues in present context. From the time immemorial the problem of sexual harassment has been facing by women in some form or the other unorganized sector where they don’t get any statutory protection. Basically, Sexual harassment can occurs in a wide variety of forms including rape, pressure for sexual favours, sexual touching, suggestive looks or gestures, sexual joking or teasing, and the display of unwanted sexual material. The effects of sexual harassment vary from person to person and are dependent on the duration and severity of harassing behavior. However, in most instances, it leaves negative effects and psychological impacts of various forms in their life. So, to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women including sexual harassment, our criminal justice system has to be reformed. Apart from that an independent investigating agency with constitutional status should be constituted to investigate crime impartially, efficiently and speedily. In each district Fast- track courts has to be constituted for speedy trial against any type of crime. Again, regarding sexual harassment, NGO‘s should play proactive role and demand for judicial activism and efforts should be made to implement the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace. This article intends to analyze the Sexual Harassment and other related humiliations suffered by Women in Tamil Nadu.