Women are unaware of 'Internal Complaint Committee', mandatory in every work institution

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

“We have well defined Sexual Harassment Act, 2013 (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of women at the workplace) under which it has been noted that every institution has to install an ICC for women security." said President of State Women Commission Vijaya Rahatkar.

PUNE: In a bid to spread awareness and put emphasis on installing ‘Internal Complaint Committee’ (ICC) in every institution, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women has undertaken a drive called People United against Sexual Harassment (PUSH) in Maharashtra.

Under this initiative, training session will be held in six institutions - colleges, government offices, schools, police stations, and corporate sectors. Participants will be trained regarding the functional operations of ICC and how they can be implemented in cases.

“We have well defined Sexual Harassment Act, 2013 (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of women at the workplace) under which it has been noted that every institution has to install an ICC for women security. It is noticed that ICC is missing at many work institutions and also women are unaware of it. Therefore, we have initiated PUSH in which we are addressing multiple institutions and women and involved them in a training session to understand the functions of ICC,” said President of State Women Commission Vijaya Rahatkar.

“So far, we have covered around 16,000 teachers and connected with six lakh students through this programme at the college level. Now we will be proceeding to government sectors,” said Rahatkar.

The members of State Women Commission were present in Pune to address several cases of women facing problems and listen to their grievances. 26 cases were registered on Tuesday at Alpa Bachat Bhavan - taking the total to 50.

“24 cases were registered in Mumbai office, but not all women can reach us in Mumbai. So we decided to go to them. We have resolved all 50 cases,” said Rahatkar.

Out of 5,000 pending cases from the previous tenure, the new team of Women Commission has resolved 3,500 cases. Majority of cases were about domestic violence followed by cyber crime, victim of financial flaw, abandoned from the property and much more.

TRIPLE TALAQ VERDICT & CASES
- Rahatkar hailed Supreme Court’s judgment on Triple Talaq, and said that it is a revolution for Muslim women. 
- “Many cases related to triple talaq are registered with State Women Commission. Recently, we had conducted an assembly meeting with around 500 women and 250 were affected by triple talaq,” she said. 
- “A father approached us worried about his daughter after being verbally divorced by her husband. He said he was unable to go to work for two months because his daughter suffered severe depression due to the husband’s act,” said Rahatkar.
- “It is not only the woman who is affected by such an act, her entire family gets affected. The father was hopeful that there will be a decision taken against triple talaq and many women and their families might be relieved by this decision of SC. I am happy and thankful to our government for taking a big stand for women in our country,” said Rahatkar.

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