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The Government on Friday reported that as many as 526 cases of sexual harassment of women at workplace were claimed during 2014. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi in a written reply in Lok Sabha said that 57 cases were  reported at offices and 469 cases were reported at other work places during 2014.

She said that( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 casts the duty on the appropriate government to analyze  its implementation and maintain data on the number of cases filed and disposed of and there is no centralized mechanism to collect such data.

However, the national Crime records Bureau (NCRB) has begun collecting data under insult to the modesty of women (section 509 of IPC) at office premises and other places related to work since 2014, she said.

The ministry “had issued advisories to all states/Union territories on December 23, 2013 and 27 October, 2014 to ensure effective implementation of the Act. The ministries/departments in government have also been advised to ensure the compliance of the Act time to time,” the minister said.

 

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