Anti Women Harassment Committee


With regard to the Supreme Court Judgement and guidelines issued in 1997 to provide for the effective enforcement of the basic human right of gender equality and guarantee against sexual harassment and abuse, more particularly against sexual harassment at work places, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circulars since 1998, to all the universities, advising them to establish a permanent cell and a committee; to develop guidelines to combat sexual harassment, violence against women and ragging at the universities and colleges. However, the codification on the subject was done by the legislature and law was passed on " "Sexual Harassment of Women at work place(Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013" "and came into force on 9th December 2013. Keeping the above guidelines and law in view, M.M.K & S.D.M Mahila Maha Vidyalaya has constituted a Committee against Sexual Harassment.
M.M.K & S.D.M Mahila Maha Vidyalaya has committed itself to provide a congenial and conducive atmosphere in which students, teachers and non-teaching staff can work together in an environment free of violence, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation. This includes all forms of gender violence, sexual harassment, and discrimination on the basis of gender. Every member is expected to be aware of the commitment to the right to freedom of expression and association, it strongly supports gender equality and opposes any form of gender discrimination and violence.

Objectives of the policy

1. To fulfill the directive of the Supreme Court Act 2013, as per UGC directives and the Mysore University in respect of implementing a policy against sexual harassment in the institution.
2. To evolve a mechanism for the prevention and redressal of sexual harassment cases and other acts of gender based violence in the institution.
3. To ensure the implementation of the policy in letter and spirit through proper reporting of the complaints and their follow-up procedures.
4. To provide an environment free of gender-based discrimination.
5. To ensure equal access of all facilities and participation in activities of the college
6. To create a secure physical and social environment which will deter acts of sexual harassment.
7. To promote a social and psychological environment that will raise awareness about sexual harassment in its various forms.

Definition of Sexual Harassment - For this purpose, sexual harassment includes such unwelcome sexually determined behaviour (whether directly or by implication) as:

1. Physical contact and advances;
2. A demand or request for sexual favours;
3. Sexually coloured remarks;
4. Showing pornography;
5. Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature;

Role and responsibility of Anti-sexual harassment committee

1. To ensure provision of a work and educational environment that is free from sexual harassment (Sexual harassment is defined by law from the perspective of the person who feels they have been harassed and it occurs if the person who feels they have been harassed feels offended, humiliated, or intimidated by the conduct and it is reasonable, in all the circumstances that the person who feels they have been harassed would feel offended, humiliated or intimidated).
2. To take all reasonable steps (active and preventive in nature) to prevent the harassment occurring; To address any oral/written complaint about: unwelcome sexual advances, unsolicited acts of physical intimacy, unwelcome requests for sexual favors or other unwelcome conduct of asexual nature. Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature includes oral or written statements of a sexual nature to a person, or in a person's presence.
3. Obtain high level support from the chief executive officer and Principal & Director for implementing a comprehensive strategy:

  1. Providing information to all staff and students about what constitutes sexual harassment and about their responsibility not to sexually harass other staff and students
  2. Providing information and training to managers, supervisors and staff conducting teaching and learning activities on meeting their responsibilities in relation to maintaining a work and study environment free from sexual harassment.

4. Develop a written policy which prohibits sexual harassment. The Institution shall have a Sexual Harassment Policy. The policy outlines the Institute´s key commitments and legal responsibilities and provides a definition of sexual harassment and behaviors that are not acceptable.
5. Regularly distribute and promote the policy at all levels of the organization. Ensure that managers and supervisors discuss and reinforce the policy at staff meetings; Provide the policy and other relevant information on sexual harassment to new staff as a standard part of induction; Periodically review the policy to ensure it is operating effectively and contains up to date information.
6. Display anti-sexual harassment posters on notice boards in common work areas and distribute relevant brochures; Conduct regular awareness raising sessions for all staff on sexual harassment issues.
7. Ensure that complaints processes:

  1. are clearly documented;
  2. are explained to all employees;
  3. offer both informal and formal options for resolution;
  4. address complaints in a manner which is fair, timely and confidential;
  5. are based on the principles of natural justice
  6. provide clear guidance on internal investigation procedures and record keeping;
  7. Give an undertaking that no employee will be victimized or disadvantaged for making a complaint.