Indian Legal Profession and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act
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Sexual harassment in professional fields can hinder economic development globally. The epidemic of sexual harassment within the law profession has created a hidden barrier, predominantly for females. This study seeks to examine the effect of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act 2013 (In.) (SHWWPPRA) among the legal professionals in India to determine whether sexual harassment affects the profession and whether sexual harassment is gender-biased. Empirical and descriptive research methods were adopted by administering questionnaires to three hundred and forty-seven (347) legal professionals. The results revealed that 57.1% of the total respondents did not think that the SHWWPPRA is significantly enforced, and 71.6% of 204 male and 83.2% of 143 female respondents viewed sexual harassment as a hindrance to the growth of the Indian legal profession. Based on these, it was recommended that The Advocates Act 1961 (In.) (AA) be revamped to include sexual harassment in the list of professional misconduct.
KeywordsCareer challenge Discrimination Gender Indian legal profession Sexual Harassment Act Professional disorder
We extend our sincere appreciations to Oloketuyi Sandra, Dr. Afroditi Pina and the anonymous reviewers for their positive corrections on earlier drafts. A big thank you goes to the following advocates: Charvi, Malika, Nituja, Ritu, Archita, Divita, Abhinav and Vijay for their rigorous support in getting the data used for the study.
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Authors have not received research grant from any company or institution and we all declare no potential conflict of interest regarding the survey, authorship and publication of this article.
The procedures used in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Research, Training and Development Centre, Sharda University (SU/RES/LAW/LAW/2015017705/1501/220) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration as amended.
Informed consent was obtained from Indian Law Institute Management, in collaboration with Sharda University (SU/RES/LAW/LAW/2015017705/1501/220).
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