DCW writes to UGC and HRD Ministry for uniform Sexual harassment guidelines in Universities

Since the year 2013 sexual harassment complaints received by Internal Complaints Committees from 56 universities and institutes in Delhi are somewhere around 101. As per the data released by the Delhi Commission for Women, 50 per cent of 101 sexual harassment complaints were from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The internal complaints committee of the JNU has reported 51 cases of sexual harassment since 2013. The stats from JNU is followed by AIIMS with 10 complaints and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) with nine.

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Further the data reveals that six of the 101 cases are still pending. Three of these were from IGNOU and the others were from IIT, AIIMS and Jamia Milia Islamia. Six of the 22 institutions in the capital reported no cases of sexual harassment. In August, commission had written to 23 institutions in Delhi including Jamia Millia Islamia, JNU, National Law University, National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi University (DU) and IIT to submit the details about cases of sexual harassment filed by students or university employees.

Delhi University has not submitted its data and its registrar have been summoned by the Commission. The summons has also been sent to National School of Drama and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.

Other observations in the list include that funds have not been allocated by the universities for implementation of this Act, barring JNU which allocated Rs. 3 lakh per annum, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and IGNOU which allocates Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 50,000 per annum respectively.

The commission also noted that the implementation of the Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Act, 2013 was being flawed in many of these institutions. According to the DCW report, most of the sexual harassment complaints have been resolved through settlement and in cases where punishments have been ordered, they have been lenient.

DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal, said the Commission has come to a conclusion that guidelines to deal with sexual harassment cases framed by various institutes have no uniformity. In lieu of the same committee has written to the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Human Resource Development to frame uniform guidelines under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013.

Even the Commission will frame its recommendations for the Central and State government on the issue of implementation of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 after interacting with students and teachers in educational institutions based on the details of the cases that were submitted by the universities and educational institutions

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