The Upper House of Indian Parliament has approved the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill on 25th February 2013, that will facilitate the women working in organized, unorganized as well as private sectors, including the domestic maids working in homes and agricultural workers, filing sexual harassment cases against the men. Earlier the Lower House of Parliament also approved the Bill.
Hence, from now onwards a working women can lodge a police complaint against the men working in a government office, private organization, agricultural fields, alleging that he made sexual remarks against her, asked for sexual favours, touched her and made physical advances towards her and shown pornography, if any male officer or employer or boss insisted her to maintain punctuality in the office or to be honest in the work or if a male boss/officer issued a memo due to her negligence in work or for her work ineffiency or for her corrupt nature. Similarly a women worker working in an agricultural field can complain against the land lord that he has asked her to accompany him in the night or made sexual remarks against her or demanded sexual favours to her, upon the instigation of his rivals to damage his reputation and to create loss to his business or to extract money from him to enrich in short-cut methods. Mere oral or written allegation is sufficient initially to disrepute a man, without producing any kind of evidences. No abuse clauses and punishments for abuse, is made in this law against women.
But this law, does not prevent the Cinema heros, male dance masters, male directors, male producers, who during the course of their shootings of songs and scenes if makes dialogues with sexual remarks, sexual favours, unwelcome sexual touchings towards females artists. Most of the modern Indian film songs and group dances are stuffed with extremely provocative gestures of sexual nature and advances, unwelcome sexually provocative touchs, uttering words and demanding sexual favours from heroin in the songs. Without such unwelcome touches, sexual gestures and favours towards the women in the movies, they do not get hits in the box office. There is public demand for the movies with such unwelcome sexual gestures, advances, dialogues and the people worship the Heros who make such gestures, advances, touches and utter sexually provocative words. All such gestures, demands, dialogues, remarks pass though the Government established Censor Boards and approved and public are entertained with the government permission with such sexually provocative dances, sexual gestures, sexual remarks, touches and all other unwelcome acts that are prohibited by this new law at Work Places. The women who intentionally act in such movies and take part in such gestures for enriching themselves in short period, they are much recognized in the society and by the governments for awards, rewards and with special protection and for higher positions in the country. So the groups that are really spreading such unwelcome gestures and attitudes with official approvals are never prevented by the government for the reasons better known to them.
So, the law for Prevention of Sexual Harassment of women at work places is targeted against the common male employees who are working in private or government offices/organizations, but not against the groups who really spread such unwelcome sexual gestures, remarks, dialogues in the society, in the guise of film action, action in teleserials, realty shows, under Cinematography Act, that is supposed to promote and regulate the Cinemas in the country. Therefore Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) law in India is basically an anti-men law rather than a women protection law, unless it is applied to control the unwelcome sexual gestures, remarks, dialogues, touches against the women working in the film industry also. By dchaitanya.