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Odisha women now have help at hand for sexual harassment at workplace

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, July 22:

Women in Odisha facing sexual harassment at the workplace now have a forum to lodge their complaints and get them addressed. They can dial the helpline number 0674-6451141 or register their complaint online on the website – www.isdbbsr.org

Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra
Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra

The Helpline number and the website for online registration of complaints were launched today at Lohiya Academy here by the Institute for Social Development (ISD).

Inaugurating the helpline and the website for online registration of complaints, Deputy Director General of Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar Jayanti Manjari Rath emphasised the changing attitude towards such violence and called for raising awareness about the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Protection, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

ISD director Subhashree Das said they are implementing the program with the support of a Hyderbad-based organisation Nirnaya. Any working woman from unorganised or organised sector could call them or register an online complaint with them to get help, she added.

Das said rise of violence against women has become a grave cause of worry at all levels. “Though the Centre has enacted the Act to address sexual harassment faced by the women at the workplace, awareness should be created among the working women about the Act which ensures and protects various civil rights of a woman that are being violated due to harassment,” she said.

Former State Commission for Women (SCW) chairperson and ISD president Namrata Chadha, State Welfare Board member Sandhyabati Pradhan and social activist Baikunthanath Mishra stressed the protection of the rights of women.

Among others, CLAP director Bikash Das, ISD programme coordinator Rukmini Panda, Nirnaya programme officer Subhashree Samal were present on the occasion.