Constitution of J. Bobde panel violates the law

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  1. The Supreme Court has appointed a committee headed by senior-most judge of the Supreme Court to inquire into the sexual harassment allegations levelled against Chief Justice of India.
  2. However,the committee have been opposed by wide range of women from various disciplines.They have said that the constitution of the committee with no external member is in complete violation of The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act 2013.
  3. They have demanded that (a)A Special Enquiry Committee consisting of credible individuals be constituted to conduct a thorough enquiry b)The Chief Justice of India should refrain from transacting official duties and responsibilities until the completion of the enquiry d) The Complainant should be allowed legal assistance from a lawyer of her choice and e) The enquiry should be completed within 90 days.
  4. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act,2013 is the key legislation in India for preventing and protecting women against sexual harassment at workplace and to ensure effective redressal of complaints of sexual harassment.This Act broadens the Vishaka guidelines,which were already put in place by the Supreme court.