30 cases of sexual harassment at workplace reported in City
Sexual harassment at workplace is not something that happens to someone else or you read about in newspapers when a starlet sues a multinational company on charges of sexual harassment by one of their top officials; it is something that is happening very much here in Indore.india Updated: Dec 31, 2003 13:42 IST
Sexual harassment at workplace is not something that happens to someone else or you read about in newspapers when a starlet sues a multinational company on charges of sexual harassment by one of their top officials; it is something that is happening very much here in Indore.
Talking to Hindustan Times, State Woman’s Commission chairperson Savita Inamdar said that they have received 30 complaints of sexual harassment from Indore.
Of the total complaints, the SWC could sort out nearly 10 during the year. She said it is not that such harassment is new or has come up in recent times but women have become aware about their rights and want to save their dignity. The cases from other places are much less, but in the eyes of the SWC they are equally important.
She said the Supreme Court passed a directive ordering government to form a five-member committee in government, semi government and private offices comprising minimum 50 per cent women members, which can adhere to such complaints of women at workplace.
It made a docu drama for informing women about the sexual and mental harassment of women at work place titled ‘Man Mariyada’ which will be telecast on Doordarshan Bhopal soon. Committees have been formed in New Girls Degree College, Girls Degree College (GDC), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), institutes run by Shri Vaishnav Trust and some other colleges.
Though 60 per cent of the institutions have formed the committees but only a few have fulfilled the format properly.
She said the SWC organised an awareness campaign for eradication of child marriages in six districts in association with National Women’s Commission. Last year about 12 child marriages were stopped from various mass marriage programmes being held at Gandhi hall where three minor Muslim girls were being married, six in Nayapura, two in Rajendra Nagar.
The SWC counselled the parents of two minor couples in Pant Piplai near Ujjain and organised programmes including a street corner play ‘Samajhdar Bhabhi’ in Juni Indore and Asrawad Khurdh.