Anti Sexual Harassment

Members

Principal:-
              Dr. Balasaheb Sangale

Committee Coordinator:-
              Prof. Padmavati Patil (Contact No. : 9482175734)

Committee Member:-
             Prof. Charushila Patil
             Prof. Sonali Bhusare
             Prof. Madhura Wagh
             Prof. Neha Fadnavis
             Prof. Poshali Sarkar
             Advocate . Divya Nair.

External Member:-
              Adv. Manisha Mahajan

Administrative Staff:-
              Mrs.Pankaja Amrute

Student Member:-
              Ms. Seema Bairwa

Introduction

The Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) of Pratibha College of Commerce and Computer Studies was constituted in 2014. According to ‘The Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013’ the sensitive issues of sexual harassment are thoroughly scrutinized. Along with this Act, the ICC seeks to adhere to the spirit of Vishakha guidelines in order to address the issue of sexual harassment at workplace for ensuring gender equality. The ICC aims to look into the complaints of sexual harassment in the establishment and also to generate awareness about the issue. The Act has outlined the constitution of the committees for looking into the complaints and forming an enquiry team to handle the same in a time bound manner.

What is Sexual Harassment?
             i. Physical contact and advances; or
              ii. A demand or request for sexual favours; or
             iii. Making sexual colored remarks; or
             iv. Showing pornography; or
             v. Any unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.
The following circumstances, among other circumstances, if it occur or are present in relation to or connected with any act or behavior of sexual harassment, May also amount to sexual harassment;
             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 and intimidating or offensive or hostile
              work environment for her; or
             v. Humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.
             vi.Kindly look at the Act 2013 section 16 and 17 regarding the information about complaints
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Committee Objectives

The Internal Complaint Committee is a complaint redressal mechanism for the members of faculty, staff and students of the College. Its mandates are:

To provide a neutral, confidential and supportive environment for members of the campus community who may have been sexually harassed.
To advice complaints of means of resolution as specified by the legislation
To ensure fair and timely resolution of sexual harassment complaints.
To provide counselling and support services on campus.
To ensure that students, faculty and staff are provided with current and comprehensive materials on sexual harassment.
To promote awareness about sexual harassment through educational initiatives that encourages and fosters a respectful and safe campus environment
To record and document the minutes of meetings and annual reports.

The Committee seeks to achieve these goals through

Complaint Redressal: As per the act ‘The Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013’, appropriate action will be taken once the complaint is filed.
Awareness Workshops: For faculty members, non-teaching staff and students with an aim to develop non-threatening and non-intimidating atmosphere of mutual learning
Counselling – Confidential counselling service is an important service as the sexual harassment cases are rarely reported and are a sensitive issue. Counselling provides a safe space to speak about the incident and how it has affected the aggrieved woman.

Activites of the Committee & Courses

The Cell seeks to achieve these goals through: Dissemination of Information: The Cell should disseminate information on sexual harassment at the workplace through the production, distribution and circulation of printed materials, posters and handouts.
Awareness Workshops: The Cell conducts effective training programs about sexual harassment for faculty, non-teaching staff and students. The aim is to develop nonthreatening and non-intimidating atmosphere of mutual learning.
Counseling: The Cell offers counseling services. It is a well-known fact that sexual harassment cases are rarely reported for obvious reasons. For most it is a very sensitive and embarrassing issue. Confidential counseling service is thus important as it provides a safe space to speak about the incident and how it has affected them.

Punishment

Warning
Written apology
Bond of good behavior
Adverse remarks in the confidential report
Debarring

File a Complaint

Who can file the Complaint to the Internal Complaint Committee?
Any student, service provider, teaching, non-teaching staff may lodge a complaint against a student, service provider, teaching, non-teaching staff.
Any aggrieved woman can file complaint in writing to the Principal or online form displayed on the college website, also to the ICC, within a period 3 months from the date of incident (sexual harassment at work place).
If the victim is unable to lodge a complaint in writing, the ICC will provide all possible assistance to the victim for lodging the complaint in writing.

Resolve the Complaint

When a complaint is submitted, the Appropriate Institute Official will discuss the matter with the parties promptly, will notify the appropriate Principal of the College, and may initiate whatever steps he or she deems appropriate to affect an informal resolution of the complaint acceptable to both parties within Three Months of a reported incident. If an informal resolution is reached, it will be documented in writing, approved by the Principal of the College and Students, as appropriate, and signed by the Complainant and the Respondent.