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NEW DELHI: Observing that sexual harassment in any form at workplaces must be viewed seriously, the Supreme Court quashed a Gauhati High Court verdict setting aside an order of penalty of withholding 50 per cent pension of a former employee of the service selection board in a sexual harassment case levelled by a woman, who was his junior.
“Sexual harassment is a pervasive and deeply rooted issue that has plagued the societies worldwide. In India, it has been a matter of serious concern, and the development of laws to combat sexual harassment is a testament to the nation’s commitment to addressing this problem,” said a Bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.
The Apex court made these observations while allowing the appeal of the Central Government against the 2019 judgment of the high court restoring full pension to the retired officer of SSB, who was employed as the area organizer at Rangiya in Assam between September 2006 and May 2012.