#MeToo Movement: Journalists, actors and activists join hands in protest
Updated : 2018-10-17 17:07:41
Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded internationally but that critics say has done little to change the status quo in the world's largest democracy.
"People using social media to articulate their complaints should be recognised in the context of failure. The system has in effect failed us, has failed women," T.K. Rajalakshmi, president of the Indian Women's Press Corps, said in a panel discussion Thursday in New Delhi.
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013 holds workplaces liable for sexual harassment, and prescribes a system for investigating and redressing complaints. Employers must create committees that are at least 50 percent women, presided over by a woman and with one external expert, to process complaints. The law builds on the landmark 1997 Vishakha case, in which the Supreme Court held that sexual harassment at work violated a woman's constitutional right to equality.