New Delhi: The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry, which has readied a bill for Protection of women from sexual harassment at workplace, is now planning to conduct a study to find out what kind of harassment men face while doing their professional duties.
"I want to get a study conducted to find out what kind of harassment of males is prevalent and to what extent at workplaces, though till now only the harassment suffered by the women has been spoken about," WCD minister Krishna Tirath said here.
Tirath told reporters here that she had already spoken to the Secretary of her ministry that there should be a study into this aspect because there have been many suggestions that this law could have been gender neutral.
A reporter asked Tirath if the Women and Child Development ministry should be looking into aspects related to the problems faced by men at their workplace.
"There is no problem in getting a study conducted. Since it is the issue of harassment at work place, we can get a study conducted," Tirath said.
Tirath said though her ministry worked primarily for the welfare of women and children, other aspects could also be looked at.
"The Bill for the protection of women is ready but this study is for the future," Tirath said.
The WCD minister hoped Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill would be presented in Parliament and passed in the current session itself.
Tirath also said that after she wrote a letter to the HRD ministry against the consumption of junk food in schools, directions had been issued on the matter.


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