NEW DELHI: As many as 526 cases of sexual harassment of women at workplace were reported in 2014, Union Minister of Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi informed Parliament.
While replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, the minister said Section 23 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013,puts the responsibility on the appropriate government to monitor the implementation of this Act and maintain data on the number of cases filed and disposed of and there is no centralised mechanism to collect such data.
“However, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has been collecting data under insult to the modesty of women (Section 509 of IPC) on office premises and other places related to work since 2014. A total of 57 cases were reported on office premises and 469 cases were registered at other places related to work during 2014,” she said.
The minister said the Ministry of Women and Child Development had issued advisories to all the states and UTs to ensure effective implementation of the Act.
In a disturbing development, there has been an increase in cases of rape against children in the last three years, with highest number--13,766-- reported in 2014.
Maneka said in Parliament that a total of 8,541 cases, 12,363 cases and 13,766 cases of rape of children (below 18 years) were registered in the country during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively, showing a rising trend.