'17 pc women face sexual abuse at workplace'

 A report revealed that 17 per cent of working women in India feel that they have experienced acts of sexual harassment at workplace. Nearly 87 percent of the general population and 93 percent of working women respondents reported awareness about the issue.

The pan-India study was released by Oxfam India which jointly conducted the research with Social and Rural Research institute.

Sixty-six of the 400 respondents, reported facing a cumulative 121 incidents of sexual harassment. And 102 of the 121 incidents were reported to be non-physical, whereas the remaining 19 incidents were physical in nature.

However, a majority of the victims did not resort to any formal action against the perpetrator. Some of the reasons stated for not taking any action were fear of losing the job, absence of any complaint mechanism at workplace, fear of getting stigmatised and lack of awareness of redressal mechanisms.

The top three job profiles that have emerged unsafe for women are labourers (29 per cent), domestic help (23 per cent), and workers in small scale manufacturing units (16 per cent).

Majority of respondents, both the general population and working women, perceived women working in the unorganised sector to be more susceptible to harassment due to lack of awareness of legislation.

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