Edition 14 (19th-January-2024)

The Equilibrio Gazette

A brief bulletin for building safe workspaces!

This weekly newsletter is your gateway to staying current on relevant
laws (like POSH, POCSO, Transgender Persons Act, etc.) and the
psychosocial intersections that impact the workplace.

19th Jan 2024 | Edition 14

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~ Spotlighting Landmark Judgments since passing of the Law!

I - LEGAL UPDATES

In X v. State of Punjab & Ors, Punjab
& Haryana HC ruled that technical
limitations, such as a time delay,
should not hinder compensation
under the Victim Compensation
Scheme in a gang rape case

In X v. The State of Assam, the
Supreme Court dismissed a rape
case filed 34 years after the alleged
incident. Emphasizing the lack of
credible explanation for the delay
and potential property-related
motives, the court quashed the
proceedings.

Bombay HC granted bail to a 26-
year-old who has been accused for
allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.
The Court stated that the victim’s
voluntary left her house citing a
perceived consensual relationship.

In X v. State of Punjab & Ors, Punjab
& Haryana HC granted permission to
terminate the pregnancy of a 15-
year-old rape victim. Considering the
psychological trauma and societal
implications, the court emphasizes
the minor’s right under the Medical
Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

II - EXPLORING INTERSECTIONS

Establishing a POSH policy is crucial
for fostering a positive workplace
culture. Mandated by law, this policy
ensures a safe environment,
communicates commitment to
employee welfare, and should be
regularly updated to stay relevant.

To combat the rising cases of child
sexual abuse, the Protection of
Children from Sexual Offences
(POCSO) Act imposes stringent
penalties. The article emphasizes
society’s duty to protect children,
including mandatory reporting.

Recognizing & addressing workplace
mental harassment is crucial for a
positive work environment. This
article defines mental harassment,
provides examples, guidance on
recognition, and outlines steps to
report and recover.

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Did you know?

Did you know? About 1 in 100 children has autism. Evidence-based
psychosocial interventions can significantly enhance communication and social
skills, positively impacting the well-being of both individuals with autism & their
caregivers. It emphasizes the need for broader community & societal actions
for increased accessibility, inclusivity, and support. (Source: WHO, 2023).

Know More

Have a burning question about POSH? Maybe Mental Health at Work, Child
safety or DEI&B strategies? Drop us an email with your query and we would
love to answer it, in all seriousness.

Curious Cat:
Ever wondered about the key elements of a robust POSH
(Prevention of Sexual Harassment) policy in the workplace

EA Team:
A comprehensive POSH policy should define prohibited behavior,
establish a complaints procedure, ensure confidentiality, and provide
awareness training. For more details or guidance in developing an effective
POSH policy, feel free to reach out to us!

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