The Internal Committee is constituted by TISS under section 4 of the University Grants Commission (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women employees and Students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2015. The Committee has to function as a Grievance Redressal Mechanism to address all complaints of Sexual Harassment by women students, employees and all other staff in the campus.
What constitutes Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is about any unwelcome sexually determined behavior (whether directly or by implication) such as physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing pornography, or any other unwelcome physical verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.
The 2013 Act has built on the Vishaka guidelines by adding that the following acts may also amount to sexual harassment:
Sexual harassment is an assertion of power. Though all women and some men can be the targets of sexual harassment, long standing experience of ICCs makes it evident that vulnerability can be compounded, by region, caste, class, sexual orientation, minority identity and by being differently abled.
What Constitutes the Workplace?
The meaning of campus is extended as a “workplace” and according to Section 2 (c) of [University Grants Commission (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women employees and Students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2015, “Campus” means the location or the land on which a Higher Educational Institution and its related institutional facilities like libraries, laboratories, lecture halls, residences, halls, toilets, student centres, hostels, dining halls, stadiums, parking areas, parks-like settings and other amenities like health centres, canteens, bank counters, etc., are situated. Also includes extended campus and covers within its scope places visited as a student of the HEI including transportation provided for the purpose of commuting to and from the institution, the locations outside the institution on field trips, internships, study tours, excursions, short term placements, places used for camps, cultural festivals, college festivals, conferences, sports meets and such other activities where a person is participating in the capacity of an employee or a student of the HEI.
Composition of IC as given in UGC Regulations 2015 Section 4:
Responsibilities of the IC (Section 5):
Procedure for the IC:
Once a complainant files a written complaint the IC needs to undertake the following procedure:
Members of the Internal Committee, Mumbai Campus
Members of the Internal Committee, Tuljapur Campus
Dr. Neelam Yadava
Mr. Mahesh Shinde
Members of the Internal Committee, Hyderabad Campus
Dr. Rekha Pappu
Ms. Swetha Shenoy
Members of the Internal Committee, Guwahati Campus
Dr. V. Sawmveli
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