Vishakha Guidelines

The Vishakha guidelines were introduced by the apex court in 1997 which was evolved into a parliamentary law called the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013.

About the Vishakha guidelines:

It defines sexual harassment in the workplace as an unwelcome sexual gesture or behaviour, whether directly or indirectly. This includes:

  • Sexually coloured remarks
  • Physical contact and advances
  • Showing pornography
  • A demand or request for sexual favours
  • Any other unwelcome physical, verbal/non-verbal conduct that is sexual in nature.

All employers both public and private sector should take appropriate steps to prevent sexual harassment.

Victims of sexual harassment should have the option to seek transfer of the perpetrator or their own transfer.

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