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According to the Constitution of India, Right to Equality is a Fundamental Right that includes the right to equality before law, prohibition of discrimination and equality of opportunities in matters of public employment. Equality between men and women, right to work, to education and to public assistance in case of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement and provision of just and humane conditions for work and maternity relief, are important Directive Principles of State Policy.
Following the 1997 Supreme Court judgment in the case of Vishaka and others versus the State of Rajasthan, the Women Grievance/Harassment Cell in Integral University was constituted in January, 2002, in accordance with the mandate that it shall be the duty of the Employer to prevent or deter the commission of acts of sexual harassment and to provide the procedures for the resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts of sexual harassment by taking all steps required, and to be proactive by developing a conducive atmosphere on the campus, where women can work safely with dignity.
Since then IU Women Grievance/Harassment Cell has been dealing with cases of sexual harassment that came up, and has also been organizing awareness activities and women's welfare workshops/lectures. In the light of the experience a definite need is perceived for sensitization of the students and employees towards gender issues, and laying down guidelines for handling cases of sexual harassment or misbehaviour.
This document on Guidelines for Functioning of the Women Grievance/Harassment Cell is prepared with the following aims:
These Guidelines are applicable to all IU students and employees.
The guidelines include the following as acts of sexual harassment:
According to the Code of Conduct at Work Place prepared by the National Commission for Women in 1998, sexual harassment includes such unwelcome sexually determined behaviour by any person either individually or in association with other persons or by any person in authority, whether directly or by implications, such as the following:
The onus to provide a harassment free environment has been laid down on the students and employers who are required to take the following steps:
The main functions of the Cell are:
Procedure for the Complaint :
Procedure for Conducting Enquiry :
The Five Rights
In case where the complainant does not wish to be confronted by the charge sheeted person the committee can carry out the cross examination on behalf of the charge sheeted person.
Procedure for Redressal
An employee guilty of sexual harassment shall be liable to give a written apology to the victim and any of the following punitive actions:
A student guilty of sexual harassment shall be liable to give a written apology to the victim and any of the following punitive actions:
Ethical Responsibilities to the Complaints and the Accused
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