28 lawyers picked as volunteers to deal with sexual harassment cases within SC

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 08, 2014 23:03 IST

Twenty eight volunteers from amongstexperienced as well as young lawyers in the Supreme Court have been chosen to be trained to deal with issues of sexual harassment and to act as bridge between the victims and the committee dealing with such cases in the apex court premises.

The information uploaded on the Supreme Court website said NGOs have been contacted to train volunteers who were chosen in a seminar organised by the Gender Sensitisation Internal Complaints Committee (GSICC) of the apex court.

"The NGOs have been contacted by the Committee to train these volunteers so that they can address various issues which they might come across; to train them about possible ways to deal with those issues; and to train them as to how they have to act as a bridge between GSICC and the victims and how they have to act as a tool of GSICC for creating such environment in the Supreme Court precincts as would prevent any instance of sexual harassment therein," the website said.

It said (GSICC), as constituted under the Gender Sensitisation and Sexual Harassment at Supreme Court of India (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Regulations, 2013, conducted a seminar about equipping the volunteers of the Committee to deal with various kinds of complaints of sexual harassment as will be brought to them or as will come to their notice otherwise.

The advocate members of GSICC, including Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao, senior advocate Indu Malhotra, advocates Bina Madhavan and B Sunita Rao have chosen 28 volunteers from amongst the experienced as well as young lawyers in the Supreme Court.

The seminar conducted by GSICC, was presided over by Chairman of the Committee Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and member Justice Madan B Lokur, who discussed the role which the volunteers are expected to play, saying that they must have regular meetings and discussions to share their respective experiences.

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