SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE
Sexual harassment has come to be widely condemned as a form of human
right violation, and as an infringement on life and liberty as defined by the
Constitution of India. Such behavior is seen to transgress common dignity, gender equality, and fundamental rights. Sexual harassment is contrary to anti-discrimination Laws [Article 15: “Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth” and Article 19(1)*g): Right to freedom which upholds a woman’s right “to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business”].
The Supreme Court of India, in a landmark judgment in August 1997 (vishaka & others vs. the State of Rajasthan & others) stated that every instance of sexual harassment is a violation of “Fundamental Rights” under Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution of India and amounts to a violation of the “Right of Freedom” under Article 19(1) (g). The Supreme Court further reiterated that sexual harassment “is a violation of the fundamental right to gender equality and the right to life and liberty”.
The Supreme Court Judgment of 1997 makes it obligatory for every employer and other responsible persons to follow the guidelines laid down by the Court and to evolve a specific policy to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Educational institutions are bound by the same directive. Following this, St. Joseph’s College is committed to uphold the Constitutional mandate ensuring the above mentioned human rights of all those who fall within its jurisdiction.
Sexual harassment is not an offence merely amounting to disruption of law and order. Sexual harassment is an act of power and a public and collective violation that is often trivialized by labeling it an interpersonal transgression. It is therefore a violation of gender equality and also, of the right to a save education and work environment for all. Sexual harassment not only affects a few individuals but reinforces gender-based discrimination for everyone.
In evolving this policy, the College has borne in mind that the institution functions within a social context. Given the social stigma associated with sexual harassment, a majority of instances of sexual harassment go unreported or even unmentioned. The policy, therefore, has evolved mechanisms that are accessible and will confidentiality. It has also attempted to ensure fair, accountable and representative procedures for redressal and resolution.
ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), Bangalore – 27
Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee
The Members of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) for the academic year 2016-2017:
1. Ms. Maria David (Convener, Dept. of Sociology) : 9964812929
2. Mr. Rajendra, M.S.W.,LLb. Prof. Dept. of
Social Work : 9449011530
3. Ms. Shameem (NGO Representative) : 9448474695
4. Dr. Sandiago (HOD of Physics) : 9448884612
5. Ms. Latha Paul (Prof. Dept. of Social Work) : 9591765262
6. Mr. Sunil P.G. (Adm. Member) : 9845908427
7. Ms. Anasuya B.N. (PG Library) : 9880350422
8. Ms. Manasa (Research student) : 9980808106
9. Ms. Anamika (PG student , II MA Economics) : 8861744827
10. Ms. Rabiya Masroor (UG student, II BA EPS) : 9731550887
Dr. (Fr.) Victor Lobo, S.J.