Sexual harassment at workplaces is a raging problem throughout our country. From educational institutions to workplaces, the plague of harassment of women continues unperturbed. However, women can seek some relief in this regard through the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redress) Act, of 2013 (POSH Act). In our institute InternalComplaints Committee (ICC) is constituted as under to deal with the complaints relating to Sexual harassment and related issues of women employees and students.
The duties of ICC includes
- Prevent discrimination and sexual harassment, by promoting gender amity among students and employees;
- Deal with cases of discrimination and sexual harassment against women, in a time bound manner, aiming at ensuring support services to the victimized and termination of the harassment;
- Recommend appropriate punitive action against the guilty party to the Administration.
According to the Supreme Court guideline Sexual harassment can be defined as “unwelcome” sexually determined behaviour (whether directly or by implication) as:
• Physical contact and advances;
• Demand or request for sexual favours;
• Sexually coloured remarks;
• Showing pornography; and
• Other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.
The ICC comprises of the following members:
Chairperson : Smt. Annie Jose
Faculty members: 1. Smt. Nisha Chandran
2. Smt. Sheeja Basheer
A member from NGO or a person familiar
with sexual harassment issues : Adv.
Student nominees: 1.