Assessing the detrimental effect of sexual harassment at workplace with human right perspective
Significant numbers of women in the world are routinely subject to various kinds of human rights violations. The ILO Committee on Gender Equality (2009) recorded that apart from many other problems that women face at their workplaces, they are subject to widespread sexual harassment and are often excluded from protections and benefits, and face multiple forms of discrimination. Even though the occurrence of sexual harassment at the workplace is widespread in India and elsewhere, this is the first time it has been recognised as an infringement of the fundamental rights of a woman, under Article 19(1) (g) of the Constitution of India “to practice any profession or to carry out any occupation, trade or business”. This article is an attempt to position sexual harassment of women at workplace as human rights issue. The argument put forth is that discrimination against women anywhere in the world affects the human rights of women everywhere. The article is based on the premise that sexual harassment of women at workplace is violation of rights of women. Further this article elaborates about the effects of sexual harassment at workplace and enlightens about the landmark judgement of Vishaka case.