Internal Complaint Cell

INTERNAL COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act,2013 implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The Ministry of Human Resource Development via notification dated 2nd May, 2016 made University Grants Commission (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women employees and students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulation, 2015. It is a comprehensive legislation to provide a safe, secure and enabling environment, free from sexual harassment to every woman. This statute was enacted to fill the legislative void which had been partially addressed by the judiciary in Vishaka and Others v. State of Rajasthan and Others (1997 (7) SCC 323). In this seminal public interest litigation verdict, the Supreme Court of India had framed a set of guidelines (“Vishaka Guidelines“) for dealing with instances of sexual harassment at the workplace, which has now been codified in the POSH Act.

Under the POSH Act, an employer is legally required to comply with certain statutory requirements. One of these is the constitution of an Internal Complaints Committee (“ICC“), a body envisaged to receive complaints on sexual harassment at the workplace from an aggrieved woman, as well as to inquire into and make recommendations to the employer on the action required pursuant to its inquiry of such complaint made.

UGC Regulation states the responsibility of HEIs to act decisively against all gender based violence against employees and students of all sexes and to reinforce its commitment to creating its campus free from discrimination, harassment, retaliation and any form of sexual assault.

According to Supreme Court Guidelines Sexual Harassment can be defined as unwelcome sexually determined behavior whether directly or by implication as

  1. Physical contact and advances
  2. Demand or request for sexual favours
  3. Making sexually coloured remarks
  4. Showing pornography
  5. Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or nonverbal conduct of sexual nature.

Objective and Role of ICC:

  1. To take consistent action for Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Complaint received regarding sexual harassment, gender discrimination of women employee at Workplace.
  2. Prevent gender discrimination and sexual harassment by promoting gender sensitization among the students and employees.
  3. Make recommendations to the administration to lay down the procedures for the prohibition, resolution and prosecution of acts of discrimination and sexual harassment by the student and the employee.
  4. Deal with the cases of discrimination and sexual harassment of a women employee in a time bound manner aiming at ensuring support services to the victim and termination of harassment.
  5. Recommend appropriate punitive action against guilty party.
  6. Constantly keep a vigil on the internal processes to check on the safety parameters for women workers especially.
  7. Recommend to the employer on changes that needs to be incorporated in various policies, processes and procedural matters related to safety of employees/prevent any kind of sexual harassment from taking place

Details of Committee Members (2021-2022)

Sl. No Name with Designation Position Mobile No. Email Id
1 Dr. Chandana Dutta
Associate Professor
Presiding Officer 9830267584 Chandanadutta05@gmail.com
2 Dr.Asis Kumar Pandit
Associate Professor
Member 9432511365 Asisphy92@gmail.com
3 Smt. Rachana Basu
Associate Professor
Member 8967917321 rachanabasumukherjee@gmail.com
4 Dr.Sadhna Gupta
Assistant Professor of law
Member 9331738023 dr.sguptalaw@gmail.com
5 Smt. Kabita Ram
Non teaching staff
Member 90023122 Kabitasharma20111987@gmail.com
6 Pravas Ghosh
Non teaching staff
Member 9748948591 Ghoshpravas71@gmail.com
In case of students there will be three elected students members ONE from UG,ONE from PG& ONE  Research Scholar.

 

Complaint Registration:

Register your complaint related to Sexual Harassment with any member of the College ICC. Also Complaint Box has been displayed near the office of the College for reporting of grievances.

Awareness Programmes Organized by the Internal Complaints Committee of the College

  1. A national level webinar on “PoSH Act and UGC Guidelines” was held on 29th May, 2021.
  2. A state level webinar cum awareness programme on “Gender discrimination, Power and Authority: Then and Now” is going to be held on 29th July, 2021.