India: Banks report more sexual harassment cases in 2017

Author: Rica Bhattacharyya and Saikat Das, Economic Times (India), Published on: 30 December 2017

"Banks report more sexual harassment cases in FY17", 6 October, 2017

The banking sector reported more cases of sexual harassment in 2016-17 than in the previous year, and diversity experts attribute it to better awareness among employees and transparency of organisations to deal with such cases. 

According to data...25 banks listed on the Bombay Stock Exchanges (BSE) reported 210 sexual harassment cases in the last fiscal, an increase of 5% from 2015-16.

...Experts said increase in reportage indicates that banks have created a robust system for redressal where employees are comfortable to discuss their issues without fear...

Nine PSU banks that were part of the sample surveyed had 47 cases reported this year, down from 50 a year ago... . 

According to experts, the gap in reportage in private and public sector banks reflected the gap in the level of awareness, and the efforts made by private organisations to encourage female employees to report incidents without any fear...

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