Critical Analysis of Sexual Harassment at Work Place (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 with Special Emphasis to Film Industry​

Anjana S and Meera Elsa George
School of Legal Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India.

Volume III, Issue VI, 2020

Gone are the days where only men were the breadwinners of a family. With opportunities expanding and people moving forward into a contemporary world, gender disparity regarding employment has become a thin line. We are in an era where both men and women work for a living and contribute to their family. Women are now coming forward and stepping into powerful positions and leaving their marks in various industries. However, there are many issues that demotivate women from coming forward. One such major issue is the absence of a healthy and safe working environment. Sexual Harassment at Workplace is a violation of a woman’s fundamental rights under Article 15, 19 and 21. It makes a woman insecure and causes severe mental trauma which in turn makes her quit the job or affects her self-confidence. Women are not sex toys for pleasure or the weak vulnerable section of humankind, but years of the patriarchal system that silenced women have resulted in women being subject to such exploitation.

The modern era has seen a very dynamic and vocal community of women aware of her rights. The film industry is one such industry which has seen such volatile political movements against sexual harassment. The film industry is one of the largest industries in India which contributes greatly to the economy. Through this paper, we aim to analyse the implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in the Indian Film industry.