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Odisha CS stresses functional sexual harassment panels in institutions


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 28:

Odisha Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati today asked the Women and Child  Department (W & CD) to verify if the Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) have been formed in institutions wherever it is mandatory and also to ensure that they entertain the complaints of sexual harassment lodged by victims.

Gokul C Pati, Chief Secretary, Odisha
Gokul C Pati, Chief Secretary, Odisha

“The district collectors should monitor the performance of the district level Local Complaint Committees (LCC) to ensure that they work on the complaints and take action as and when necessary. The women of the state can also lodge complaints in local police stations, should there be a need,” he said addressing a workshop on sexual harassment of women at workplace held today in Bhubaneswar.

A large number of women working in organized and unorganized sectors of government and private institutions face sexual harassment, discrimination at workplace affecting their work efficiency.

As per the guidelines of Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, it is necessary to form the Internal Complaint Committee and Local level Complaint Committees to ensure a safe and healthy atmosphere in the workplace.

Secretaries of different Departments, representation of various government organisations, senior officers of Odisha police, the Chairperson of Mahila Samabaya Bikash Nigam, Acting Chairperson of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights participated in the workshop.

In the second session of the programme, leading women activists, lawyers, educationists and law students took part in the discussion on Domestic Violence, Trafficking and Sexual harassment of women at workplace.