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Kozhikode: Kerala State Women’s Commission Chairperson P Sathidevi said on Wednesday that workplace harassments against women were on the rise. Sathidevi said most of the complaints that the commission received were related to workplace harassment. Women who teach at private colleges were facing huge issues. These institutions have a higher number of women workers, the women’s commission chairperson stated.
The institutions do not provide maternal leaves and similar benefits. They fire the employees as and when they wish. Three women who were fired from two places in similar ways approached the commission, Sathidevi added.
She stated that the commission received similar complaints from women working at some schools and even government offices.
Sathidevi further said that of the 47 complaints that the commission considered on Wednesday, 15 were resolved. The commission sought reports regarding six of the complaints from police and other agencies. As many as 26 complaints have been postponed to the next sitting.
About the incident of finding a scissor in the stomach of a woman after an operation at the Kozhikode medical college, Sathidevi said the commission had sought a report from the police. She also stated that the commission had intervened in the incident earlier.