The sexual assault charge by a young journalist against her celebrity boss in a leading media organisation has shocked the entire country. How safe are women at workplaces in your city? What needs to be done to make women safe at work?
All workplaces should have a committee to deal with cases of sexual harassment. The district administration should take action against all companies and business houses, which fail to set up the committee. The phone number and email address of each committee member should be displayed at the notice board.
Razia Thakur, working woman
A complaint redressal mechanism should be in place to tackle cases of sexual harassment in every office. The redressal of complaint should be time-bound. There should be some authority to check that the redressal mechanism was in place in all offices. Employers should be held responsible in case of default.
Jagjit Kaur, charted accountant
Regular inspections by senior administrative official should be done in business houses or private companies to keep check on the functioning of committees at the workplaces. Apart from helpline number, the number of police officials including police commissioner should be displayed so that any woman can contact them in need.
Aashima Kapoor, designer
The administration should organise awareness seminars and camps in schools, colleges, private companies, banks and at other places on the issues related to crime against women. Women employees should be made aware of their rights and so that they don't shy away from highlighting harassment.
Alka Sahota, assistant accountant
Complaint boxes should be placed in educational institutes as well as workplaces so that it is easy for a woman to lodge a complaint. Even anonymous complaints should be taken seriously and the offenders should be taken to task. Inquiries should be done by police officers.
Ritu Gharu, receptionist
Government should start awareness campaigns and train girls in self defence. Camps should be held in educational institutes as well as offices to make women aware of their rights and tell them how to proceed when caught in a tricky situation. Important helpline numbers should be displayed in offices.
Saruchi Shally, office executive
Besides self-defence training to girls, awareness campaigns are required to awaken the public not to be mute spectators seeing women in distress. If people start reacting, offenders would think twice before indulging in such activities.
Saroj, government employee
Women are not secure at all. Men generally take pride in eve-teasing and harassing women. The responsibility of employers should be fixed and they be told that whenever any incident of harassment happens, they should immeidately report it to the police so that timely action can be taken.
Ramanpreet Kaur, businesswoman.