Jamia Milia Islamia has joined the ranks of other universities in the Capital to combat sexual harassment. For the first time, the university has drafted a policy on sexual harassment which promises a quick redressal.
The main redressal body-Sensitisation Prevention and Redressal of Sexual Harassment (SPARSH) will have two arms. The Apex body will comprise 14 members including two students — a male and female picked by Dean Students Welfare.
The others will include five faculty members from different departments and a member of the non-teaching staff. The remaining representatives on the apex body will be from other branches of Jamia like the schools, administrative members.
In accordance to HRD ministry guidelines, appointing a non Jamia woman academician in the apex committee is in the process. The apex body will be involved in disseminating information and literature to students on sexual harassment.
This body will focus more on prevention of incidents of sexual harassment and promotion of awareness on the issue. Anjali Gandhi, director Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women was a member of the committee which drafted the policy.
She said, “There were some complaints in the past which were quickly addressed. We needed a framework in place for prevention of such incidents along with their redressal. Complaints will be sorted out within a period of one to two months.”
The second arm of Sparsh will include a University Complaint Committee (UCC) which will be the main redressal body headed by a chairperson and five other members from the apex body.
Students can route their written complaints through any Sparsh member or the vice-chancellor. “The confidentiality of the complainant will be maintained,” Gandhi added.