The Kerala High Court has ruled that women should not be denied employment on the grounds of night shift.
The Kerala High Court has ruled that women should not be denied employment on the grounds of the night shift. The court said that the government and the authorities have an obligation to create a working atmosphere for women at all times.
The high court, in its order, has quashed the provision that women cannot apply for the post of safety officer in the Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd (KMML) factory at Chavara in the Kollam district of Kerala as it is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court also ruled that the factory law, which was brought in to make women safer, should not become an impediment for them.
The petitioner argued before the court that she was denied the opportunity on the ground of being a woman despite having equal qualifications. To which, the court opined that there should be no discrimination on the ground of being a woman if she is qualified. The provision that only men can apply in the employment notification issued by Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited is a violation of the provisions of Articles 14,15 and 16 of the Constitution.