Learn to respect yourself first, says Shukla

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 29 June 2017

The event included a panel discussion with Advocate Meenal Joshi, Chairperson of Local Complaints Committee Sadhana Khati, etc.

Commissioner of Police was talking at an event to deal with sexual harassment at workplace.

Pune: Commissioner of Police for Pune Rashmi Shukla said that women need to respect themselves or they would not get respect from others.
“Women tolerate insults and remarks in the workplace and then men think they can get away with anything. Women need to say ‘No’ at the very outset and have the courage to go to HR or senior management instead of crying. As a woman, I hate women who cry. I want women to make men cry,” she said.

Shukla was speaking at an event on the subject ‘Respect her always’ held at the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), which dealt with provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. 

The event also included a panel discussion with eminent members working in the field such as Advocate Meenal Joshi, Chairperson of Local Complaints Committee Sadhana Khati, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Pune Crime Branch, Pankaj Dahane and Human Resource Senior Manager of Yazaki India Vivek Deshpande.

On the particular point of the internal committees set up in companies under the 2013 Act, Shukla said, “After the Rasila Raju case, I visited companies and found that the internal committees existed only for namesake. They do not know enough about the reasons behind establishing the committee and how to go about implementation, which is essential.” Call a meeting of all the HRs and I am willing to talk to them about this, she added.

The need for mentoring of women by women was also touched upon briefly by Shukla. 

She said, “Women in high posts think that they have suffered to reach where they were, so let the junior suffer as well. If you have reached a position, you should tell her how to handle things, and provide a conducive atmosphere.”

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