St.Thomas College Bhilai under the aegis of Committee for Prevention of Sexul Harassment (CPOSH) organized a one day panel discussion webinar on “Gender and Sexual Harassment” The webinar mainly focused on the issues relating to sexual harassment within the college premises and providing safe environment . The welcome address was shared by Principal of the College Dr. M. G. Roymon. He discussed the importance and awareness to stop sexual harassment and ensure the safe environment to the students and faculty. The chief guest of the discussion was Hon’ble Dr. Aruna Palta, vice-chancellor Hemchand Chand Yadav University ,in her key note address madam discussed about the sexual harassment cell which is the need of the hour for any institution and throughout the world. She, in her words stressed on the condition of the women in today’s era and their difficulty in facing the challenges rather being excelling in their profession she further highlighted on gender discrimination and the condition of women who are always accorded in lower status of world. Her key word for this webinar was all about Gender inequality which is not a women issue but human issue.
The dignitaries of the Panel Discussion on the screen were Mrs. Pragya Meshram Add Superintendent of Police, ASP Bhilai Nagar,Durg, advocate Mrs Vaishali Tikle Practicing Lawyer,Mumbai High Court (MS), Dr. Debjani Mukherjee, Head Dept of psychology with the host Dr. Aparna Ghosh, Convenor of CPOSH, St. Thomas College Bhilai. Giving the opening remarks and introduction of the programme of the Convenor and organising secretary of the event Dr. Aparna ghosh spoke about the indifference between the sex and raised the question on Gender based sexual harassment and violence in front of the panellist. The first panellist Mrs. Pragya Meshram reported the crimes and related gender inequality she also discussed about the third gender inequality and expressed taboo of the society.Adv. Mrs Vaishali Tikle discussed bout the cases which were difficult to handle due to some sensitive issues and forbidden acts, she talked about herresearch and stressed on the Data of 2017 # me to. She further spoke about verbal sexual harassment to women and girl child and trans-gender issues. She also talked about cyber sexual harassment transgender protection prohibition act bill 2019 enactment. Dr. Debjani Mukherjee in her psychological view talked about the social and mental statusof ancient and modern women by quoting the references of lilavati and Thana and talked about the stringent laws and action srelated to workplace. Further the discussion was processed with proper judgement action Posco-Act and also the awareness of Teachers towards the sexual harassment in school and colleges. Mrs. Pragya Meshram highlighted the applications of Indian law and discussed the goodness of it based on the implementation.The interacting with the participants came out with positive note of wakefulness. the appreciation was applauded by the Management, Dean Academics and other faculty members. The programme was wrapped up by Dr. Sheeja Verkey Addl. Head Dept of Commerce. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Chanda Verma Addl Head, Dept of Chemistry.