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