107 women from country complain about sexual harassment on SHe-Box

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Victims share their ordeal on WCD’s online portal ‘SHe-Box’

 Sharat K Verma

The Hush Post, New Delhi: Till now, as many as 107 complaints of  sexual harassment of women at workplaces from across the country have been received on the online portal of the Women and Child Development (WCD), Government of India. The WCD Ministry has launched an online complaint management system, titled Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box) for registering complaints related to sexual harassment of all women employees in the country, both government and private.

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The ministry had launched the online complaint registration for ensuring the effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Besides, the WCD Ministry has issued advisories to all States/UTs to ensure effective implementation of the said Act for the safety of women employees.

So far, 107complaints have been received through portal ‘SHe-box’. All concerned authorities have been requested for appropriate resolution. This information was given by Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr. Virendra Kumar in reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday.

The ministry had issued advisories to all States/UTs Government to ensure effective implementation of the Act. The Ministries/Departments in Government of India have also been advised to ensure the compliance of the Act from time to time. Ministry of Corporate Affairs along with the industry bodies, Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Society, Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) have also been requested to ensure effective implementation of the Act amongst their members in private sectors.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandates all workplaces which include any department, organisation, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office, branch or unit which is established, owned, controlled or wholly or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by  government, local authority, government company or a corporation or a co-operative society having more than 10 workers to constitute Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) for receiving complaints of sexual harassment. The Act casts an obligation upon all the employers to constitute Internal Complaint Committee. Section 23 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 casts responsibility on the appropriate Government to monitor the implementation of this Act.

The Ministry has empanelled organisations for imparting training programmes and  workshops in different parts of the country under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.

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