JU organises Seminar

JAMMU: The Office of Jammu University Internal Complaints Committee Against Sexual Harassment (JUICCASH) ,University of Jammu today organized One Day Awareness Seminar on `Prevention and Eradication of Sexual Harassment at Work Place' in the Seminar Hall of the Department of Commerce, University of Jammu.

The seminar was organized to create awareness regarding recognition of sexual harassment behaviour & ways to deflect sexual harassers, legal mechanism to file complaints and matters connected therewith among female employees of non gazette cadre working in the main campus of University of Jammu.

Chief Guest of the seminar, Dr. Meenakshi Kilam, Registrar University of Jammu in her address said that with improved access to education and employment, more and more women are entering the workforce every day. Harassment of any kind is a violation of women's right to gender equality, life and liberty.

It creates an insecure and hostile work environment, which discourages women's participation in work, thereby adversely affecting their economic empowerment and the goal of inclusive growth. She stressed that there is even greater need to create such awareness at all levels about the law and how the women at workplaces can use it to protect themselves.

Prof. Neetu Andotra, Presiding officer JUICCASH, gave an overview of the status of sexual harassment at work place and about the working of JUICCASH.

She said the there are allegations of sexual harassment against prominent personalities from various sectors like cinema, TV, media, advertising, music etc. Citing the examples of sexual harassment from various renowned institutions etc., stern actions have been initiated against culprits within the ambit of Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention,Prohibition and Redressal) Act ,2013.

Dr. Savita Nayyar, Department of Law and member JUICCASH said that before Sexual Harassment at Work Place Act,2013,there was no domestic law to address the issue except a few provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Supreme Court Guidelines in the case of Vishaka vs. State of Rajasthan.

She enlightened the participants regarding list of the circumstances considered as sexual harassment, role and functioning of ICC & LCC, procedure for filing a complaint, steps in the complaint process, consequences for non compliance, duties and obligations of employer etc.

The programme was coordinated by Rachna,School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu.

The seminar was attended by around sixty employees of the University including male and female employees.

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