October 17th, 2018

India’s #MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 law’s enforcement

By Emily Schmall, The Associated Press on October 11, 2018.

NEW DELHI – A complaint by a retired Bollywood actress living in the United States alleging sexual harassment on a 2008 movie set has galvanized women in India, but for the country’s burgeoning #MeToo movement to reach broader swaths of society, lawyers and activists say a labour law must be more aggressively implemented.

Indian Women’s Press Corps President T.K. Rajalakshmi said at a panel discussion in New Delhi on Thursday that the outpouring on social media reflects “a lack of faith in the system.”

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013 says that Indian workplaces can be held liable for sexual harassment, and must create committees to investigate and redress complaints. But critics say the law is not typically enforced.

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