To evolve a strong mechanism for the prevention and redressal of sexual harassment cases, Panjab University (PU) has asked its affiliate and constituent colleges to form committees and put hoardings against sexual harassment on their premises.
The PU senate on Sunday gave the final go-ahead to adopt PU Policy Against Sexual Harassment (PUPASH), which was drafted by the university syndicate in compliance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act on August 25 this year.
These committees will have nine members each, of which at least half will be women, and have two-year terms. All the committees have been given statutory status
The committees would be headed by a woman who is a senior faculty member. Committees will also coordinate with the security staff to devise ways by which a system that is gender sensitive, prompt and effective is put in place. The panels will also organise training workshops for students, academic staff, non-teaching staff, employees and service providers to sensitise them against sexual harassment of women at work place.
Rajesh Gill, a member of Panjab University senate, said, “All affiliated colleges, and regional centres have to form committees. It is important to put hoardings and banners at colleges, so as to inform students who to contact and about the members of the committee.”
It is a good step taken by the senate. Though we already have a committee against sexual harassment in place, we will highlight information about it through the college's notice board.
Narinder Sandhu, principal, Ramgariha Girls College
We have a five-member panel to deal with sexual harassment cases. Now that PU has set guidelines for tackling such cases, we will take the necessary steps.
Rajinder Singh, principal, SCD Government College
We already have a cell for the students. We will set up boards to inform students about how they can report against sexual harassment when we receive instructions from PU.
Gurminder Kaur, principal, Government College for Girls
We do have a committee to handle cases of sexual harassment of students and teachers. To ensure a student does not feel shy, women teachers are its members.
Gurdev Singh, principal, GGN Khalsa College