India: Two women harassed every day at workplace in 2017

The figures however are official. It is thought the unofficial figure will be much higher. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 17, 2017, 07.07 AM (IST)

Two women were harassed every day at their workplaces in India in 2017. 

News reports said Sunday that the National Commission for Women (NCW) received an average of 1.7 complaints a day in 2017. 

The reports said that in the 316 days between January 1 and December 12, the commission received 539 complaints. 

Sixty per cent of the complaints came from five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana. 

Uttar Pradesh led with 26% of the complaints, followed by Dehi (13%), Maharashtra (7.42%), Madhya Pradesh (7.05%), and Haryana (6.86%). 

The reports said that data for the previous four years starting from 2014 threw up similar figures with the NCW receiving 1.8 complaints a day on average. 

In those four years, 1,971 complaints were received by the commission.

The figures however are official, with experts believing the unofficial figures would be much higher. 

Complaints of harassment are first expected to be addressed by internal complaints committees, in the case of the organised sector, or district complaints committees, in the case of the unorganised sector. 

The complainant can then approach the state women's commission or the national women's commission for redress. 

But a number of women do not complain because the committees either do not exist or are thought to be ineffective. 

An August 2015 report, again by the NCW, said that 69 per cent of women who face sexual harassment at the workplace do not report it.