In accordance with The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, The Indian Express Ltd has set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to address complaints of sexual harassment at workplace.
“The management of the group places a lot of importance on the safety of women employees and focuses on providing a safe and secure workplace for all the employees.” Said Mr. G R Saxena, Sr. Vice President, HR & Administration. When a formal complaint is lodged with the committee, it judges on the basis of the kind of conduct that comes under the purview of the act. The committee carefully looks into the complaint and also ensures that the act is not misused.
To launch the policy on “Prevention of Sexual Harassment at workplace (POSH)” the group has organized company-wide awareness programs, pilot of which was conducted by Ms. Savita Sethi. Sethi has more than 12 years of experience in training various stakeholders on gender sensitization and community issues. She talked about the behaviours and circumstances that can be construed as sexual harassment and said that both men and women should pay attention to this kind of behaviour in the organisation. “If a woman does not say anything that doesn’t mean she likes it.” adds Sethi.
A salient feature of Prevention of Sexual harassment at workplace policy for Indian Express Ltd is that it covers everyone who is sexually harassed at workplace. The policy ensures that a prompt action is taken against the harasser, there is no retaliation against the complainant and the confidentiality of the case is maintained all the time.