New Delhi: A sexual harassment electronic box, SHe-box, is an online complaint management system, launched by the Women and Child Development Ministry. Here’s all you need to know about it:
1. SHe-box enables women of central government employees to file complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace.
2. The platform is currently launched for the central government employees only. The government plans to widen it to private sector as well.
3. The online complaint management system is hosted on the website of the Women and Child Development Ministry and seeks to ensure “effective implementation” of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
4. Once a complaint is submitted to SHe-Box, it will be directly sent to the internal complaints committee (ICC) of the ministry/department/PSU/autonomous body concerned, having jurisdiction to inquire into the matter.
5. The internal complaints committee will take action as prescribed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act and update the status of the complaint.
6. The portal aims to provide speedy measures to women facing sexual harassment at the workplace, a senior official of the ministry said.
7. Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has directed officials to make the portal interactive, offer a list of follow-up details so that the employee gets to know the exact status of the complaint and to include a section in the portal where complainants can vent their grievances.
8. The Union government has 30.87 lakh employees. According to the Census of Central Government Employees 2011, women constitute 10.93 per cent of the total force.
9. The government plans to conduct a national survey to assess the nature and magnitude of sexual harassment at workplace. The findings of the survey will be made public on the portal and social media, Ms Gandhi said.
10. The sexual harassment Act mandates that all workplaces with more than 10 workers constitute an internal complaints committee for receiving complaints of sexual harassment.
According to Ms Gandhi, “some people say installation of CCTV cameras is harassment. We need to define it” and clearly put it up on the site so that there are no frivolous cases, she said.
(With Inputs From Press Trust Of India)