- WCD minister Krishna Tirath says difficult to apply laws in households
- Ministry says it’s not possible to establish codes of behaviour within homes and is not likely to yield any witnesses
- It would be more practical to take recourse to the provisions under criminal law
- This excludes women domestic help from the ambit of Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill
If women domestic workers in this country were hoping for some succour under the Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill, they are in for a disappointment. That is if Union women and child development (WCD) minister Krishna Tirath’s recommendations are accepted when the bill comes up for final clearance in Parliament. Tirath says the provisions of the bill will be difficult to implement in a household and it would be better if domestic workers took recourse to criminal law for redressal. A strange logic—which practically refuses to see households as a legitimate site of work—and one that surprisingly has the endorsement of the Union cabinet.