Supreme Court issues notice to states to implement the SHW Act

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the central government and all state governments to implement the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, Redressal) Act, 2013. This was in response to a PIL filed by an NGO highlighting that several state governments had neither constituted Local Committees in each district, nor had they appointed district officers, both legally mandated under the law. According to the research study on which the PIL is based, only 12 States and 4 Union Territories had appointed district officers, while 7 others had taken steps to do the same, while only 5 States and 2 Union Territories provided details of the Local Committees constituted by them.