Ma­ha­rash­tra Women’s Com­mis­sion Rolls Out Train­ing in Anti-Ha­rass­ment Laws at Col­leges

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Mum­bai: The Ma­ha­rash­tra State Com­mis­sion for Women (MSCW) has launched an ini­tia­tive to train and cre­ate aware­ness among prin­ci­pals and mem­bers of the in­ter­nal com­plaint com­mit­tees (ICCs) at col­leges on a law deal­ing with preven­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment at higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

In the first phase, the MSCW is train­ing more than 15,000 ICC mem­bers from 4,635 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, who, in turn, will train their col­leagues as well as sen­si­tise fac­ul­ties and stu­dents on the Uni­ver­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (Preven­tion, Pro­hi­bi­tion and Re­dres­sal of Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment of Women Em­ploy­ees and Stu­dents in Higher Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tu­tions) Reg­u­la­tions.

“This is the largest ex­er­cise of ICC train­ing ever con­ducted in In­dia till date,” said Vi­jaya Ra­hatkar, chair­per­son of the state com­mis­sion.

It has tied up with ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and in­ter­nal com­plaint com­mit­tees to roll out the pro­gramme. The MSCW has al­ready con­ducted train­ing pro­grammes for ICC mem­bers and prin­ci­pals in Nag­pur, Nashik, Nanded, Jal­gaon, Pune, So­la­pur and Kol­ha­pur.

“The pur­pose is to gen­er­ate aware­ness about the 2013 Act (over ha­rass­ment at work­place) and the UGC law of 2016 at the col­lege level,” said Vishal Kedia, fo- un­der of Com­plykaro Ser­vices, which pro­vides cor­po­rates ser­vices to com­ply with the laws on preven­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment of women. The state com­mis­sion has also launched an ini­tia­tive, PUSH or Peo­ple United against Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Com­plykaro to en­sure ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment of Women at Work­place (Preven­tion, Pro­hi­bi­tion & Re­dres­sal) Act, 2013 as well as the UGC reg­u­la­tions across Ma­ha­rash­tra.

In the sec­ond stage, the com­mis­sion will con­duct the same pro­gramme for the cor­po­rate sec­tor and gov­ern­ment in­ter­nal com­plaint com­mit­tees to en­sure ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the anti-ha­rass­ment law, said Ra­hatkar.

This is the first such ini­tia­tive at a mass scale by any state gov­ern­ment or pri­vate in­sti­tu­tion to gen­er­ate aware­ness on law to pre­vent sex­ual ha­rass­ment at ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and work­place. The UGC reg­u­la­tions, en­acted in May 2016, ought to have been im­ple­mented by all col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties and deemed uni­ver­si­ties within a pe­riod of 60 days from the date of pub­li­ca­tion of the reg­u­la­tions.

In the sec­ond stage, the com­mis­sion will con­duct the same pro­gramme for the cor­po­rate sec­tor and gov­ern­ment in­ter­nal com­plaint com­mit­tees

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