Anti Sexual Harassment Cell

https://www.jkcprl.ac.in/caste-discr-complaint.phpAs per the guidelines of UGC, NAAC and the Supreme Court, an Anti Sexual Harassment Cell has been established by J. K. College, Purulia in order to provide a safe, secure and congenial atmosphere to the staff and students of the College.
The cell was constituted to meet the following four objectives:
  • To develop the guidelines and norms for a policy against sexual harassment.
  • To develop principles and procedures for combating sexual harassment in the college premises.
  • To work out details for the implementation of the policy.
  • To prepare a detailed plan of action.
The convenor and the members of the anti-sexual harassment cell are as follows:
Convenor: Dr. Kakoli Tah
Members:
·       Dr. Mahadeb Das
·       Dr. Tanushree Sen
·       Smt. Mridula Soren
·       Sri Md. Mirsaheb Ansary

 

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On 15/02/2019, an awareness programme was held in J. K. College to discuss the objectives, functions and procedures of the cell among the staff and students. The Principal, IQAC coordinator, the convenor as well as all the members of the cell attended the meeting. The objectives and functions of the cell were discussed in the midst of about eighty students and a bulk of staff members. The Vishakha Guidelines  (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PIyRYELXhkj343o7LO3RKeDIOxdh7Erx/view?usp=sharing), 2013 of Supreme Court were read out for an overall acquaintance over the matter.
In the programme, procedures for complaint against any misdoings were laid out. Norms related to redressal were also discussed. Below are given the procedures:-
Procedures of complaint:
  •     A student against member/members of academic or non-academic staff or co-students or a member of the academic or non-academic community against a student/ students or another member of the academic or non-academic community within and outside the campus.
  •    A service provider against a student/students or a member/ members of the academic or non-academic staff or a student or a member of academic or non- academic staff against an outsider or service provider, if the alleged sexual harassment is reported to have taken place within the campus.
  •   Functions mediation of crisis arising out of incidence of sexual assault or sexual harassment occurring in the campus, overview of campus security services to ensure prompt intimation to the Committee of J. K. College of all incidents of alleged sexual harassment, organizing of training programmes for the staff and the J. K. College to equip them well for handling. Sexual harassment cases and assistance to aggrieved parties in the campus to make complaints to suitable authority in deserving cases. Meetings of the committee with the students and staff members shall be organized to create awareness and to ensure a healthy environment on the campus.
 
  •  Filing of complaints
                      I.        Complaints of sexual harassment shall be lodged with the Committee. Such complaints should be taken up by the Committee for resolution through mediation, conciliation, as promptly as possible, but by no later than two days after the complaint on the alleged incident is received.
                    II.        The complaints should be made in writing. If the complainant is not able to give in writing himself/herself, the complaint can be given in writing or his/her behalf by his/her companion.
                   III.        Normally, a complaint should be lodged within a week after the incident. In special circumstances, the time limit for the submission of complaints may be extended to a month. The special circumstances that led to the granting of such extension should be recorded by the committee.
                   IV.        The complainant is at liberty to withdraw the complaint at any stage of enquiry, provided such withdrawal is made independently and under free will. The enquiry may be terminated on receipt of the request for such withdrawal.
                    V.        A restraint order may be served on the accused, giving him/her a summary of the complaint and warning him/her against making any attempt to exert pressure on the complainant or any other person involved in dealing with the complaint.
                   VI.        The complainant may bring to the notice of the Committee, attempts if any made by the accused to violate the order.
                 VII.        The Committee is empowered to terminate the enquiry proceeding and to give ex-parte decision on the complaint, on valid grounds.
The Committee may appoint an enquiry committee to make investigations into the complaint if deemed necessary.
                VIII.        It shall submit a detailed report communicating its findings based on its investigations. The Committee shall pronounce its verdict, whether the accused is/are guilty or not guilty. The committee in cases in which the accused is/are found guilty, should indicate the gravity of the offence, whether it is major, serious or minor.
                   IX.        The enquiry committee shall complete the enquiry in the shortest possible time, not exceeding a month from the date on which the complaint is referred to it, except for special reasons.
                    X.        The complainant/s and the accused shall be given reasonable opportunity to present and defend their cases. Witnesses may be called if deemed necessary. In case the accused fail/s to attend consecutively for three hearings despite call notices for the same, the enquiry may be terminated and the decision taken on the complaint on ex-parte basis.
                 XI.        Counseling services may be made available to the victims and the accused, on request.
                 XII.        If the complainant, the accused and the witnesses desire to be accompanied by a companion of their choice, they may be permitted to do so, provided the person so chosen will have only observer status and shall leave the meeting after making his/her testimony.
                XIII.        The complainant and the accused shall have the right of cross examination of all witnesses.
                XIV.        The enquiry committee shall have the right to disallow questions from the victim or the accused, if the questions are deemed irrelevant and unnecessary.
                 XV.        All persons heard by the enquiry committee, as well as observers, shall take and observe an oath of secrecy about the proceedings.
·         To prepare a detailed plan of action, both short and long term

Redressive Disciplinary Action:
Committee would pass on the findings of the enquiry committee to the Principal, for taking appropriate redressive action. If the Principal finds that there is requirement for further investigation and, he may order for a review of the Report by the enquiry committee and may even refer the case to competent legal authority, if it is of a grave nature.

False/Baseless Complaint:
1. If the enquiry committee finds no merit in a complaint, the Chairperson of Committee may issue a show-cause notice to the complainant requiring him/her to explain within three days as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against him/her. In the event of a negative insufficient or unconvincing explanation, Committee shall pass on the papers to the Principal for imposing appropriate penalty in order to exclude the possibility of recurrence of such motivated complaints.
2. In complaints involving faculty and students, the faculty shall not teach or supervise the work of the student concerned during the period of enquiry and till the decision on the case. Members of the academic and /or non-academic staff involved in such complaints either as the victim or the accused shall not write the confidential reports of the complainant or the victim during the enquiry and decision of the case.
Preventive steps:
All employers or persons in charge of work place should take appropriate steps to prevent sexual harassment. Without prejudice to the generality of this obligation they should take the following steps:
·         Express prohibition of sexual harassment as defined above at the work place should be notified, published and circulated in appropriate ways.
·         The Rules/Regulations of Government and Public Sector bodies relating to conduct and discipline should include rules/regulations prohibiting sexual harassment and provide for appropriate penalties in such rules against the offender.
·         Appropriate work conditions should be provided in respect of work, leisure, health and hygiene to further ensure that there is no hostile environment towards women at work places and no employee woman should have reasonable grounds to believe that she is disadvantaged in connection with her employment.
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