Vishakha committee

Vishakha committee

 

1. Visakha Guidelines

2. UGC Notification

3. Notification of Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act

 

Conforming to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the college constituted an Internal Complaints Committee or Vishaka Committee to prevent sexual harassment of women (both female students and staff) in the campus. In compliance with the legal provisions the Committee aspires to ensure women’s rights to workplace equality, free from sexual harassment through compliance with the three elements of Prohibition, Prevention and Redress. Any form of unwanted behavior including but not limited to a) Physical contact and advances b) Solicitation of any form of sexual favors c) Making sexually suggestive remarks d) Displaying pornographic material and e) Any other unwelcome gesture of sexual nature (both verbal and non-verbal) constitute sexual harassment in the workplace. Such actions violate the fundamental rights of women to equality under Articles 14 and 15 and the right to life and live with dignity under Article 21 of the constitution.  Moreover such actions and behaviors contravene with their right to engage in any profession within a gender safe environment free from any kind of sexual harassments. The college maintains a ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ towards sexual harassment of any kind.

To address such instances of sexual harassment effectively, a committee comprising of members of various designations has been formed. Victims of sexual harassment are encouraged to contact any member of this committee over phone, or in writing communicating their concerns to the Principal. The passage of time between the occurrence and the complaint will not be considered an issue for redressal. Upon receipt of a complaint, a prompt and confidential meeting will be convened by the committee within 48 hours where the victim/s may be requested to present themselves physically before the committee members to provide a statement. Subsequently, it will be redressed within a period of 10 days after its lodging, ensuring a swift resolution and appropriate justice.