ISLAMABAD (APP)- The prompt and effective legislation over the Protection against Harassment at the Workplace Bill 2009 would ensure a better environment to women at their specific workplace. The legal experts and rights activists of the Capital were of the view that prior to it, there were no specific laws dealing with workplace harassment. They said till the introduction of the Bill, women had no legal recourse to justice against their colleagues, supervisors or employers who while taking undue advantage of familiarity tried to intimidate the weaker segments of society with indemnity. It is generally observed that women all over the world, and in our own country are subjected to varying degrees of discrimination, exploitation and violence. Harassment at workplace is a very serious issue as it has been related to the right of women to live with honour. To protect women against harassment at workplace, the government had taken special measures by starting formulation of the bill which had been laid in the House on April 10, 2009. Mrs Sanam Advocate, a well known face in city courts, commented that there was dire need for an exclusive act to tackle the growing issue after the ratio of working women had kept on increasing. She said, Its implementation will take time because women are shy of raising their voices against unwanted things. She also stressed for creating more awareness about female rights besides, swift legislation over the issue. Shaheena Iqbal Advocate also shared the same view and said that women at their workplace required better environment without compromising over their dignity. Misbah Kanwal, a social and rights activist of a non-governmental organization, replied that females were generally deprived of their rights and an effective legal mechanism leading to punishment was expected with the upcoming Act. Kowkab Iqbal advocate, Chairman Pakistan Human Rights Society, opined that various provisions of Constitution of Pakistan guaranteed protection to women rights. He said, quick legislation and sound litigation would yield desired results. Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education, Samina Khalid Ghurki had also commented that the Harassment Bill would support women at federal, provincial and district levels covering maximum ground to address the issue comprehensively. According to available details, the code of conduct and procedure had also been included in the bill which provides behaviourial guidelines for all employees, including management of the organisation for ensuring a working environment free of harassment. On June 27, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Women Development had reviewed the report and recommendations of the sub-committee on the bill and referred it back for further discussion with the concerned ministers to remove gaps and contradictions. In another development, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice had amended a bill over Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) Section 509 to effectively tackle and discourage all kinds of unwanted advances at work places. It had discussed the section 509 PPC and added the new clause 509-A., which said Whoever makes sexual advances or demands sexual favour or uses written or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which intends to annoy, intimidate or threaten the other person or commits such acts at the premises of work place, or makes submission to such conduct shall be punished for three years.