ANTI SEXUAL HARASSMENT CELL
As per the guidelines of UGC, NAAC and the Supreme Court an Anti Sexual Harassment Cell has been established by Kamarajar College to provide a healthy and congenial atmosphere to the staff and students of the College. The cell was constituted to meet the basic objectives:
- 1. To provide a neutral, confidential and supportive environment for members of the campus community who may have been sexually harassed.
- 2. To advise complainants of the informal and formal means of resolution as specified by the Cell.
- 3. Deal with 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.
- 4. Recommend appropriate punitive action against the guilty party.
- 5. To provide information regarding counseling and support services on our campus.
- 6. To ensure that students, faculty and staff are provided with current and comprehensive materials on sexual harassment and assault.
- 7. To promote awareness about sexual harassment through educational initiatives those encourages and foster a respectful and safe campus environment.
Procedure for Approaching Cell
The Cell deals with issues relating to sexual harassment at the KGAC. It is applicable to all students, staff and faculty. A complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment may be lodged by the victim or a third party. A written complaint may be addressed to the Convener of the Committee. If the complaint is made to the Principal, or any of the Committee members, they may forward it to the Convener of the Committee Against Sexual Harassment.
Here it should be noted that according to the Supreme Court guideline Sexual harassment can be defined as “unwelcome” sexually determined behavior (whether directly or by implication) as:
Physical contact and advances; Demand or request for sexual favours;
Sexually coloured remarks; Showing pornography; and
Other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature. (Vishaka judgment by Supreme Court)