The Women’s Cell has been involved in raising awareness and organizing sensitization campaigns via lectures and the distribution of material at the beginning of each academic year. International Women’s Day is celebrated in March each year to commemorate social, economic, cultural & political achievements of women via lectures by women role models, panel discussions and plays.
If you are being harassed , this is what you can do
- Don’t feel ashamed. Tell the harasser very clearly that you find his behavior offensive.
- Don’t ignore the harassment hoping that it will stop on its own. Come forward and complain.
- Talk to someone you trust about the harassment. It will not only give you strength but also help others in similar situation to come forward and complain.
- Keep a record of all incidents of sexual harassment in a notebook. If you feel the need to register a formal complain later, this record will be helpful.
- If the complainant feels that she cannot disclose her identity for any reason, the complainant shall address the complaint to the Principal/Administrator & hand over the same in person or in a sealed cover.
The Principal/Administrator shall retain the original complaint with him & send it to the Women Cell for further enquiry.
- It shall be the duty of the Women Cell before whom an oral complaint is made under this Act to record the said complaint in writing, read out the complaint to the complainant in the language requested by the complainant and obtain the signature of the complainant.
Confidentiality of Complaints
It shall be the duty of all the persons and authorities designated under the Act to ensure that all complaints lodged under this cell are kept strictly confidential. The name of the aggrieved person/woman shall not be referred to in any records of proceeding, or any orders or judgements given under this Act. Neither the name of the aggrieved person/woman nor her identity shall be revealed by the press/ media or any other persons whilst reporting any proceedings, case, order or judgement under this Act.
What action can be taken against the offender?
After it is proved that the offender has indulged in sexual harassment in the work place, an appropriate punitive action would be taken against the person irrespective of his status in the institution (staff, students or third parties involved with the College). Where such conduct amounts to a specific offense under the Indian Penal Code or under any other law, a complaint will be made to the appropriate authorities so that further action in accordance with the law can be taken.
The Women cell (Monitoring Committee) 20118-19 of St. Thomas College, Bhilai is constituted as under:
Dr. Shiny Mendonce- Convenor
Dr. Suja Varghese – Co-convenor
Dr. Mariam Jacob
Dr. Debjani Mukherjee
Dr. Rincy Bijo Abraham
Mrs. Smita Suresh Daniel
Mrs. Rupa Shrivastava
Mrs. Susan Ebison