New Delhi: Women employees of the central government will now be able to file sexual harassment complaints online with the help on an e-platform that is likely to be launched this month.
Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi said that the ministry has been working vigorously in this area since two-three years and is now waiting for the National Information Centre to establish it this month.
The e-platform will be hosted on the WCD ministry’s website and the complaints will then be taken up with the respective ministries or departments.
“We hope our Internal Complaints Committees work in such a way that hopefully, we won’t have the need for using such a platform to seek redressal,” Ms Gandhi was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India on Friday.
She further said that through e-box facility, hundreds of children have come forward in the last year to anonymously file complaints.
Ms Gandhi also said that common bathrooms for men and women is a form of harassment, adding that the Internal Complaint Committee should also look at making workplace management.
“Sometimes, women do not want to go to a bathroom used by men. The ICC should extend its mandate to want better facilities for women that will eventually cut down on feeling of unhappiness experienced by women,” she was quoted as saying to news agency Press Trust of India.
The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandates that all workplaces with more than 10 workers constitute an internal complaints committee for receiving complaints of sexual harassment.
The Union government has a strength of 30.87 lakh employees. According to the Census of Central Government Employees, 2011, women constitute 10.93 per cent of the total force.
(With Inputs From Press Trust Of India)