POLICY ON PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF EMPLOYEES AT SIGMA LABORATORIES LIMITED
The Supreme Court of India in its 1977 judgment in Vishakha and others vs. State of Rajasthan and others makes it obligatory for every employer and other responsible persons to follow the guidelines laid down by the Court and to evolve a specific policy to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
In compliance with the mandate of the aforementioned Supreme Court Judgment, Sigma Laboratories Ltd. adopts the guidelines and procedures to prevent, prohibit and punish sexual harassment of women at the workplace. Sigma Laboratories is committed to providing for all women who fall within its jurisdiction, a work place which is free from sexual harassment, intimidation and exploitation. Every woman shall have a right to be free from Sexual Harassment and the Right to Work in an environment free from any form of Sexual Harassment.
The right of women to protection from sexual harassment and the right to work with dignity are recognized as universal human rights by international instruments such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which has been ratified by India. The Supreme Court in the Vishakha judgment has held that each incident of sexual harassment results in the violation of the fundamental rights of Gender Equality and the Right to Life and Liberty. Sexual harassment is a clear violation of woman's right to gender equality as guaranteed under Articles 14 and 15, her right to live with dignity under Article 21 and her right to work with dignity in a safe environment under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India.