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Sexual HarassmentVishaka Guidelines



In today’s India, there has been an increase in introducing an institutional mechanism to deal with sexual harassment cases at work place as per Vishakha guidelines (1997) in the aftermath of various incidents of sexual harassment. Vishaka Guidelines were stipulated by the Supreme Court of India, in Vishaka and others vs. State of Rajasthan case in 1997, regarding sexual harassment at workplace. The court stated that these guidelines were to be implemented until legislation is passed to deal with the issue.

The guidelines suggest creation of a complaint mechanism for redressing complaints. The complaints committee should be headed by a woman and half of its members should be women. To prevent the possibility of any undue pressure or influence, the committee should involve a third party, either an NGO or anybody who is familiar with sexual harassment issues.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circulars since 1998, to all the universities, advising them to establish a permanent cell and a committee to develop guidelines to combat sexual harassment, violence against women and ragging at the universities and colleges. It has further advised the universities to be proactive by developing a favorable atmosphere on the campus, where the status of a woman is respected and they are treated with respect. In lieu with the above guidelines Saheed HAsan Khan Mewati, Govt. medical College has constituted a Committee against Sexual Harassment in 2012 which will be for both employees and students of the Institute.


Objectives:

It shall be the duty of the employer or other responsible persons in work places or other institutions 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.

For this purpose, sexual harassment includes such unwelcome sexually determined behaviour (whether directly or by implication) as:

1. Physical contact and advances.
2. A demand or request for sexual favours.
3. Sexually coloured remarks.
4. Showing pornography.
5. Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

It is discriminatory for instance when the woman has reasonable grounds to believe that her objection would disadvantage her in connection with her employment or work including recruiting or promotion or when it creates a hostile work environment. Adverse consequences might be visited if the victim does not consent to the conduct in question or raises any objection thereto.


The objectives of the Committee will be as follows:

1. To prevent discrimination and sexual harassment against women, by promoting gender amity among students and employees.
2. To lay down procedures for the prohibition, resolution, settlement and prosecution of acts of discrimination and sexual harassment against women, by the students and the employees.
3. To deal with cases of discrimination and sexual harassment against women, in a time bound manner, aiming at ensuring support services to the victimized and termination of the harassment.
4. To recommend appropriate punitive action against the guilty party.

Composition

The Committee consists of members of the faculty, legal expert, service staff and students representatives.

The members of the committee for the current academic year are:

Contact Person Contact No. E-mail
Dr. Namita Mehrotra (Chairperson) +91-8683956126 drnamita26@gmail.com
Dr. Neetu Arora +91-8199111022 drneetuarora@gmail.com
Dr. Sangeeta Bhattacharya +91-9813806952 dr.sangeetasingh@yahoo.in
Dr. Hitesh Chawla +91-8199001055 drhiteshchawla@gmail.com
Dr. Nishtha Saini +91-8199001140 nishthasaini@yahoo.co.in
Dr. Jyoti Malik +91-8199001127 drjyoti205@gmail.com
DR. Saim Hasan +91-8199001023 saimhasan99@gmail.com
Ms. Geeta Rani +91-8607649772 malikgeeta55@yahoo.com
Mr Rajinder Kumar Chimpa +91-9689021163 rajenderkumar22@rediffmail.com
Ms Sunita Budhiraja +91-9992533899 smitabudhiraja16@rediffmail.com

The following are also considered as sexual harassment and is covered by the committee:

1. Eve-teasing
2. Unsavory remarks
3. Jokes causing or likely to cause awkwardness or embarrassment
4. Innuendos and taunts
5. Gender based insults or sexist remarks
6. Unwelcome sexual overtone in any manner such as over telephone (obnoxious telephone calls) and the like
7. Touching or brushing against any part of the body and the like
8. Displaying pornographic or other offensive or derogatory pictures, cartoons, pamphlets or sayings
9. Forcible physical touch or
10.Physical confinement against one's will and any other act likely to violate one's privacy