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Mechanism to check sexual harassment

Due to many complaints of sexual harassment in armed forces, Govt on Wednesday puts in place a redressal mechanism.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2007, 21:33 IST

Faced with rising number of complaints of sexual harassment in armed forces, Government on Wednesday said a redressal mechanism has been put in place to address the issue.

The Defence Ministry has also instructed Commanders at all levels to be "more sensitive" in assigning tasks to women officers, Defence Minister AK Antony told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Provision of "honourable working environment, being sensitive to constraints faced by lady officers in performing certain specified tasks and to keep in mind displayed aptitudes when assigning other core duties" are other instructions given to Commanders on women officers, the Minister said.

"Women officers are also free to approach their Commanding officers or supervisors at any time to discuss their personal and official problems to seek immediate assistance," the Minister said in a written answer.

He informed the House that women officers were provided separate living accommodation in officers' mess as part of new measures to address grievances specific to them.

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