Women’s Welfare Committee

Objectives

  • To create a healthy environment in the campus where every women feels safe and self confident without any problems related to gender discrimination and sexual harassment
  • To promote awareness about sexual harassment through educational initiatives that encourages and fosters a respectful learning and working environment.
  • To create a conducive counselling environment and encourage girl students to discuss their problems with teachers without any hesitation.
  • To promote a culture of respect and equality for female gender.
  • To address the informal and formal complaints of any female employee or student and provide them with necessary guidance and support and to ensure the fair and timely resolution of the complaints.

Awareness

The Committee commits to take the following steps to create awareness on women related issues and to eradicate sexual harassment.

  • To invite eminent personalities to give talks on various issues related to women.
  • To conduct guest lectures, seminars, workshops, awareness programmes and other welfare activities in different areas such as legal, career and social aspects, to avoid involuntary sexual acts such as rape, inappropriate touching, groping or torture in a sexual manner.
  • The Committee also will give the awareness on hygiene and will make sure of a healthy ambiance in and around the college.
  • To provide them with the knowledge of their redressal of grievances.
  • To provide Counselling services for female gender to share their problems.

Initiatives Taken

  • To ensure Women's safety in the campus, CCTV's are installed at different locations.
  • The college has given provision for girl’s common room which is equipped with attached washroom and furniture where the girl students can sit and take rest.
  • From each class, one girl representative is included as a member of the committee.
  • Posters about the Committee are prepared and displayed in all general notice boards of the college.

Meetings of the Committee

Our committee is a functionary body which meets every month, and if required, emergency meeting will be called at any required time.

What constitutes sexual harassment ?

Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexually determined behaviour (whether directly or by implication) as:.

  • Physical contact and advances;
  • A demand or request for sexual favours;
  • Sexually coloured remarks ; The Committee also will give the awareness on hygiene and will make sure of a healthy ambiance in and around the college.
  • Showing pornography ;
  • Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

Complaint Procedure

  • he woman suffering from the problems of sexual harassment or gender discrimination have to submit the complaint either by formally in writing or informally to any members of the committee. These complaints will be discussed and resolved by the WWC members. Appropriate and necessary matters shall be referred to higher authorities for necessary action.
  • All complaints will be handled in a confidential manner within a time bound framework.
  • Students can place a complaint in the complaint box as well.

Complaint Procedure

  • he woman suffering from the problems of sexual harassment or gender discrimination have to submit the complaint either by formally in writing or informally to any members of the committee. These complaints will be discussed and resolved by the WWC members. Appropriate and necessary matters shall be referred to higher authorities for necessary action.
  • All complaints will be handled in a confidential manner within a time bound framework.
  • Students can place a complaint in the complaint box as well.

Instructions to girl students

  • Proper dress code should be followed. Body fit clothing, transparent or revealing outfits should be avoided.
  • Harassment of any nature should be reported to the WWC members or higher authorities for redressal.
  • Don’t travel with people that you don’t trust, go straight home from college and if you are going late, call your parents to avoid getting in trouble and keeping them from worrying.
  • Don’t reveal personal information about yourself over the phone. If someone calls doing a survey or offering something, just tell them you are unable to answer their questions.
  • Carry some emergency cash with you. Always have emergency contacts with you or in your device.

Punishment

Regulation 1 :

Anyone found guilty of sexual harassment shall be punished in accordance with the service rules of the Higher Educational Institutions, if the offender is an employee.

Regulation 2 :

If the respondent is a student, depending upon the severity of the offence, the Higher Educational Institution may -

  • Withhold privileges of the student such as access to the library, auditoria, halls of residence, transportation, scholarships, allowances, and identity card;
  • Suspend or restrict entry into the campus for a specific period;
  • Expel and strike off name from the rolls of the institution, including denial of readmission, if the offence so warrants;
  • Award reformative punishments like mandatory counselling and, or, performance of community services.

Action against frivolous complaint

If the WWC concludes that the allegations made were false, malicious or the complaint was made knowing it to be untrue, or forged or misleading information has been provided during the inquiry, the complainant shall be liable to be punished as per the provisions of Regulation

  • if the complainant happens to be an employee and as per the provisions of Regulation 2 given above, if the complainant happens to be a student.