June 16, 2024
  • Half of India’s national sports federations don’t have an internal complaints committee (ICC), as required by the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) (PoSH)Act, 2013.
  • An ICC was designed to be the first port of call for any grievance under PoSH Act.
  • An ICC is mandatory in every private or public organisation that has 10 or more employees.
  • The ICC should consist of at least four members-
    • At least 50% should be women.
    • One should be a senior woman employee as the presiding officer.
    • One should be an external member from a non-governmental organization or a legal background.
    • The ICC members should be appointed for a term of 3 years and should undergo regular training on the POSH Act and related issues.
  • Objective– making workplaces safer for women by preventing, prohibiting and redressing acts of sexual harassment against them in the workplace.
  • The Act is based on Vishakha guidelines laid down by Supreme Court in 1997.
  • Other key Features of PoSH Act
    • Defines sexual harassment at workplace and creates a mechanism for redressal of complaints.
    • Wide definition of aggrieved woman to cover all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and whether in organized or unorganized sectors, public or private, and covers clients, customers and domestic workers as well.
    • District Officer to constitute Local Committee to receive complaints from organisations with less than 10 workers or if complaint is against the employer itself.
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