The chairperson of Punjab State Women Commission, Manisha Gulati, on Wednesday said the misuse of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act won’t be tolerated.

She said this after holding a meeting with Inter Departmental Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committees to know the status of complaints of sexual harassment at workplaces. Representatives of Health, Education, and Local Bodies Department were present in the meeting.

Gulati said that Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 seeks to protect women from sexual harassment at their place of work, be it in public or private. This will contribute to the realisation of their right to gender equality, life and liberty and equality in working conditions everywhere.

The chairperson said that the law aims to equip organisations to handle a workplace-related evil, not give women undue power or to put fear in men. It is true that women-friendly laws have been misused in the recent past in some cases but this trend won’t be tolerated.

Committees’ members should become more sensitive and more careful to check the genuineness of complaints before taking adverse action on these complaints because someone’s career is at the stake.