The University has ‘zero tolerance’ policy for any acts of sexual harassment. A standing committee for prevention of sexual harassment has been constituted to look into any complaint in this regard.
1. Constitution of Committee on Sexual Harassment and Eve Teasing
With regard to the Supreme Court Judgment and guidelines issued in 1997 to provide for the effective enforcement of the basic human right of gender equality and guarantee against sexual harassment and abuse, more particularly against sexual harassment at work places, Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University has constituted a Committee on Sexual Harassment and Eve Teasing.
2. Objective of the Committee
The objectives of the Committee are to:
(a) prevent discrimination and sexual harassment against women, by promoting gender amity among students and employees;
(b) make recommendations to the University authorities for changes/elaborations in the Rules and Regulations for the students and the staff to make them gender just and to lay down procedures for the prohibition, resolution, settlement and prosecution of acts of discrimination and sexual harassment against women, by the students and the employees;
(c) deal with the cases of discrimination and sexual harassment against women, in a time bound manner, aiming at ensuring support services to the victimized and termination of the harassment;
(d) recommend appropriate punitive action against the guilty party to the university authorities.
3. Procedure for Approaching the Committee
The Committee shall deal with all the complaints of sexual harassment relating to students, staff and faculty studying/working at the Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, The written complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment may be addressed by the victim or a third party to the Convener of the Committee on Sexual Harassment and Eve Teasing. If the complaint is made to the Head of the Department, Dean/Director of the Faculty, or any Committee Member or any other Officer of the University, the same shall be forwarded it to the Convener of the Committee.
4. According to the Hon’ble Supreme Court guidelines, any or a combination of the following acts shall be deemed as “unwelcome” sexually determined behaviour (whether directly or by implication):
(a) Physical contact and advances.
(b) Demand or request for sexual favours.
(c) Sexually coloured remarks.
(d) Showing pornography
(e) Other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.
(Vishaka judgment by Hon’ble Supreme Court)
In addition, the following acts shall also amount to sexual harassment:
(b) Unsavory remarks.
(c) Jokes causing or likely to cause awkwardness or embarrassment.
(d) Innuendos and taunts.
(e) Gender-based insults or sexist remarks.
(f) Unwelcome sexual overtone in any manner such as over telephone (obnoxious telephone calls) and the like.
(g) Touching or brushing against any part of the body and the like.
(h) Displaying pornographic or other offensive or derogatory pictures, cartoons, pamphlets or sayings.
(i) Forcible physical touch or molestation.
(j) Physical confinement against one’s will and any other act likely to violate one’s privacy.