Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell

Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell Convenor : Prof. R Bindu ; Department of English;

Ph : +91 94 96  371755

Gender Justice Forum and Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GJFCASH)

 

INTRODUCTION

Following the guidelines on the prevention and deterrence of sexual harassment in the workplace laid down by the Supreme Court of India in its 13 August 1997 judgement on the Writ Petition (Criminal) Vishaka vs. State of Rajasthan, “The Gender Justice Forum and Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GJFCASH)” was set up in Sree Kerala Varma College in order to sensitize students on the issues of gender justice and to take action against any reported act of sexual harassment.

 “The Gender Justice Forum and Committee Against Sexual Harassment” has three major functions: 1. Gender Sensitisation and Orientation, 2. Crisis Management and Mediation, and 3. Formal Enquiry and Redressal.

" Policy related to anti-sexual harassment committee of Sree Kerala Varma College"

Sree Kerala Varma College is committed to provide a place of work and study, free of sexual harassment, intimidation or exploitation. It is expected that all students, faculty, staff and officials will treat one another and visitors to the University with respect. All members of the campus community, including those who are in temporary or short term positions are subject to this policy. Anyone violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action.

Reports of sexual harassment are taken seriously and will be dealt with promptly. The specific action taken in any particular case depends upon the nature and gravity of the conduct reported. The college recognizes that confidentiality is important. The college will respect the confidentiality and privacy of individuals reporting or accused of sexual harassment to the extent reasonably possible. Reprisals against an individual who in good faith reports, or provides information in an investigation, about behaviour that may violate this policy, are against the law and will not be tolerated. Intentionally providing false information, however, is grounds for disciplinary action.

SKVC is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression. Vigorous discussion and debate are fundamental to the pursuit of knowledge, and this policy is not intended to stifle teaching methods or freedom of expression. Sexual Harassment, however, is not the proper exercise of academic freedom, nor can it be protected as freedom of expression. It comprises the integrity of the college and its traditions of intellectual freedom, and it also violates the principle of the equality and dignity of all its members.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

It is implicitly or explicitly suggested that submission to or rejection of the conduct will be a factor in academic or employment decisions or evaluations, or permission to participate in any activity in the college, or when the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or work performance or creating an intimidating or hostile academic work or living environment.

Determining what constitutes sexual harassment depends upon the specific facts and the context in which the conduct occurs. Sexual harassment may take many forms – subtle and indirect, or blatant and overt. For example,
· It may be conduct towards an individual of the opposite sex or the same sex.
· It may occur between peers or between individuals in a hierarchical relationship.
· It may be aimed at coercing an individual to participate in an unwanted sexual relationship or it may have the effect of causing an individual to change behaviour or work performance.
· It may consist of repeated actions or may even arise from a single incident.

What to do if you feel you are being sexually harassed

Know your rights – Sexual harassment is illegal, both the law of the land and JNU prohibit sexual harassment.

Speak up – If you can, tell the person to stop. State clearly and firmly that you want a particular behaviour to cease.

Get information and support – If you feel you cannot speak up, ask your friends to help you and bring it to the notice of the University. Keep records that might be useful for pursuing the case.

What not to do

Do not blame yourself. Sexual harassment is not something one brings on oneself. It is not a consequence of certain ways of dressing or acting. It is a violation of an individual's right to work and live with dignity.

Do not ignore it. Ignoring sexual harassment does not make it go away. The harasser may misinterpret a lack of response as approval of the behaviour.

Do not delay. Delay in action increases the probability that unwanted behaviour will continue or escalate.

Do not hesitate to ask for help. Speaking up may prevent others from being harmed as well.

 How To Lodge a complaint

Complaints related to sexual Harassment should be submitted in written form to the chairperson of the committee who would be a senior member of the faculty. The name, class and the department of both the complainant and the accused should be provided in the complaint. The details like the place and time of the occurance of harassment should also be specified.