Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New law to nail false sexual charges, punish liars

Interesting piece on the introduction of a bill to more harshly punish false sexual harrasment claims. What makes it so agreeable to the National Commission for Women is that it will be used only when proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Funny, isn't that what the court should be for? (This is India, so I don't know if the standards of evidence are the same as the U.S.)

If they are the same, why the need to have a special law for this?

New law to punish false sexual charges.

Women who make false complaints of sexual harassment will no longer get away with it.

The Centre has decided to introduce a provision in the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2009 — to be introduced in Parliament’s winter session — giving a district complaint committee the power to recommend disciplinary action against women found guilty of such an offence.

The new Bill will cover the film industry, research scholars and domestic helps too.

“We have agreed to the law ministry’s condition to have a deterrent provision,” Krishna Tirath, women and child development minister, told HT. She said the government was ready with the Bill's final draft.

Under the proposed sexual harassment law, each district will have to constitute a complaint committee to inquire into allegations. Its verdict will be binding on government and private organisations.

The Women and Child Development ministry has also convinced the National Commission for
Women, which drafted the law, that the deterrent provision will be used only when it is proved beyond doubt that the allegation is on malafide grounds.

The commission is agreeable to the clause as long as it is not used to prevent women from lodging sexual harassment complaints, said its chairperson Girija Vyas.

Link: http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=d149c035-aa7c-424e-8b4c-15c18c83aa69