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JNU to revamp sexual harassment policy: Probe panel need not be headed by woman, says draft

The draft comes close on the heels of Smriti Irani’s remark that Delhi had reported the maximum number of sexual harassment complaints in educational institutions.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2015 2:27:19 am
JNU, sexual harassment policy, JNU sexual harassment policy, revamp sexual harassment policy, GSCASH, Gender Sensitisation Committee , delhi news, Indian Express According to the policy draft, it will not be mandatory for an enquiry committee to be headed by a woman.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is all set to revamp its sexual harassment policy. According to the policy draft, it will not be mandatory for an enquiry committee to be headed by a woman. Additionally, the number of members on the gender-sensitisation committee will be doubled. In cases of false complaints, showcause notices will be issued henceforth.

The university has a Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), which deals with complaints across university departments. The new draft, framed by it in accordance with the Supreme Court’s sexual harassment guidelines 2013, has already been approved by Vice-Chancellor S K Sopory. It now awaits approval from the academic and executive councils.

“There are some changes. For one, we have proposed that the number of members should be doubled from 10-12 to 20-24. It has also been proposed that every enquiry committee dealing with a sexual harassment complaint need not be headed by a woman,” GSCASH member Geeta Kumari said.

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She added that the new policy will also take into consideration cases of false complaints. “A showcause notice will be issued to anyone who does so,” she said.
Kumari said suggestions for the new draft were sought by uploading it online. She said there does not seem to be any objection to the changes. The proposed draft also has different clauses such as “sexual harassment in academic spheres”.

The draft comes close on the heels of Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani’s remark that Delhi had reported the maximum number of sexual harassment complaints in educational institutions.

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