Saturday, 13 September 2014

Inquiry Committee is necessary for Harassment Cases

In 2010 a law was passed by the parliament according to which it becomes mandatory for organizations to have an inquiry committee. The sole purpose of this inquiry committee is to conduct inquiry in the harassment matters. This provision is present in section 3 of the harassment of women at workplace act, 2010. The original content of law is reproduced below:-

3. Inquiry Committee. – (1) Each organization shall constitute an Inquiry Committee within thirty days of the enactment of this Act to enquire into complaints under this Act.
(2) The Committee shall consist of three members of whom at least one member shall be a woman. One member shall be from senior management and one shall be a senior representative of the employees or a senior employee where there is no CBA. One or more members can be co-opted from outside the organization if the organization is unable to designate three members from within as described above. A Chairperson shall be designated from amongst them.
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(3) In case a complaint is made against one of the members of the Inquiry Committee that member should be replaced by another for that particular case. Such member may be from within or outside the organization.
(4) In case where no competent authority is designated the organization shall within thirty days of the enactment of this Act designate a competent authority

The committee shall comprise of three people. These include:-

- 1 Woman
- 1 Senior Management Personnel
- 1 CBA person or senior employee

1 of the persons must be made chairman of the committee. If the infrastructure of the organization do not allow such formation of the committee, then it can invite people from other organizations. The organizations that are not having any such committee by now are acting in violation of this law. That means they can be penalized under this law anytime.

For further information on The Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010 feel free to contact us at

Salman Yousaf Khan
Women's Advocate

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