Sexual harassment cases have risen among Nifty 50 companies with two-thirds of them disclosing a total 525 complaints in the year ended March, an increase of 26% over the previous year.
Wipro tops the list with 111 cases, followed by ICICI Bank with 87 and Infosys with 62. Information technology and banking companies, which typically employ more women than others, constitute over 80% of the total.
This is the second year that companies have disclosed the data in their annual reports to comply with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
“This statistic should be an eye-opener for companies which are in denial mode on the incidence of sexual harassment in Indian workplaces,” said Vishal Kedia, founder of Complykaro Services, an adviser on the matter.