Sundarban Mahavidyalaya constituted an Internal Complaint Committee in compliance with UGC Guidelines on sexual harassment of women in college campus and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 of The Government of India, which is an extension of Vishakha Guideline issued by the Supreme Court in 1997. It seeks to address protection against gender discrimination and sexual harassment of women in the college campus, prevention and redressal of such complaints and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Internal Complaint Committee will be responsible for the redressal of complaints made by women teachers, women non-teaching staff and girl students to ensure time-bound and completely confidential treatment of the complaints as provided in the Act.
Objective of the Vishakha Guideline:
Vishakha Guidelines or Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 ("the Act") was enacted with the objective to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at workplace and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment and for matter connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The Act defines sexual harassment as unwelcome acts or behavior (whether directly or by implication) namely, physical contact and advances, a demand or request for sexual favors, making sexually colored remarks, showing pornography, any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature. Any act of unwelcome and sexual nature shall be considered as sexual harassment. The Act also provides the circumstances under which an act may amount to sexual harassment. These are:
(i) implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in her employment; or
(ii) implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in her employment ; or
(iii) implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; or
(iv) interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive or hostile work environment for her; or
(v) humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.
Members of ICC/Vishakha Cell, Sundarban Mahavidyalaya:
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