Published On: Wed, Feb 17th, 2016
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Over 200 complaints being processed for legal action; says Ali Shah

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LARKANA: Provincial Ombudsman Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Sindh, Pir Ali Shah said on Monday that over 200 complaints, majority of them related to women working in education and health Department had been received and being processed for legal action under the Protection Against Harassment of Women Act 2010.

Addressing at a workshop held to spread awareness with regard to protection of women at workplaces in the public and private sector, he said that Sindh was the first province to have legislated the Act and the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoon Khan Provinces followed the sweet.

The Sindh law in question, he said, was a progressive and comprehensive document to describe definition of harassment including envisaging minor, major punishments and includes removal from the service.

Description of harassment including any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favours or other verbal or written communication or physical conduct of sexual nature or sexually demeaning attitudes causing interference with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, or the attempt to punish the complaint for refusal to comply to such a request or is made a condition for employment.

He said every government Department had been directed to constitute a 3 – member inquiry committees with one female official as mandatory to look in to such complaints; every Department was under obligation to notify a competent authority for necessary action and ensure display the code of conduct at conspicuous place to create awareness about the Act and warned that strict action would be initiated for non –compliance.

The Act, he said, ensured a quick and inexpensive justice, adding that no lawyer was required an only simple applications can be furnished for legal action. He added that to spread awareness, 73 workshops and meeting had so far been organized.

He expressed his optimism what he called encouraging results that were forthcoming and urged sane elements of the society to come forward in play their role in implementation of the law.

Divisional Commissioner Larkana, Mr Ghulam Akbar Laghari in his welcome remarks held out an assurance to set up complaints centres at the districts level and other related matters.} else {