Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the government has decided to give three months leave to women employees who have complained of sexual harassment.
The leave will be given during the pendency of inquiry. He said,”Such leave may be granted by the employer if a written request from the aggrieved employee duly recommended by the local committee or the internal committee, as the case may be, is received.”
Under Section 12 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 such leave is provided to an aggrieved employee.
As per the law, sexual harassment includes physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing any pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal and non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.
However, when asked about the data on the number of sexual harassment complaints registered by women employees, the minister said it is not maintained.
“The government does not maintain any centralised data on the number of sexual harassment complaints”, he said.