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90 Days Paid Leave For Female Victims Of Sexual Harassment

Female central government employees, who have filed complaint of sexual harassment at the work place, will get 90 days paid leave during the pendency of the inquiry.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) recently amended the service rules in this regard.

Special leave up to a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved woman government servant during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the new rules said.

The leave granted to the aggrieved woman employee "shall not be debited against the leave account", it said.

This will be in addition to the leave already given to central government employees.

The special leave in this case will be given on the recommendation of the internal committee or the local committee, formed to look into such charges, the rules said.

The DoPT has issued Central Civil Services (Leave) Amendment Rules, 2017 to allow the new provision.

The move comes in the wake of complaints of accused trying to influence or threaten victims of sexual harassment in a few cases