Sexual-abuse: All unwelcome physical contact not sexual harassment, says Delhi High Court


All unwelcome physical contact cannot be called sexual harassment unless it is in the nature of a sexually oriented behaviour, the Delhi High Court has said. Justice Vibhu Bakhru, who made the observation, also said that even an accidental physical contact, though unwelcome, would not amount to sexual harassment. “Similarly, a physical contact which has no undertone of a sexual nature and is not occasioned by the gender of the complainant may not necessarily amount to sexual harassment,” the court said. The observations by the bench came during the hearing of an appeal by a CRRI scientist challenging the clean…

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