After a long struggle, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (prevention, prohibition &redressal) Act,2013 was enacted with an objective to provide secure & conducive work place for Women so as to encourage their greater participation in work thereby achieving goal of social & economic empowerment of women for inclusive growth. This was a constitutional obligation as our Constitution guarantees Equality and prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.
In a broader perspective, the underlying object was to make conducive work place and joyful work experience. Thus, it is not merely a statutory mandate but a necessity of present time. The Act is probably one of its kinds, where the state responsibility of spreading awareness, achieving implementation and adjudication of complaints have been relegated to the Corporate itself. Not only this, the Complaint Committee has been vested with the powers of a Civil Court.