Certification

Sexual Harassment Prevantation Cell

Objectives and Members of the Cell

To create awareness amongst students about the problems faced by women of all strata due to gender issues.

To create awareness amongst students about the problems faced by working women.

To create an environment of gender justice where men and women work together with a sense of personal security and dignity.

To create awareness amongst students about the issues related to the youth, girls in particular.

To disseminate knowledge about rights and laws related to women.

To create a sense of responsibility in the students and have healthy study and work culture in all Schools of the University.

To enhance the self-esteem and self-confidence of girl students, women faculty and staff in the University. To foster decision-making ability in girl students for making informed choices in areas like education, employment and health. To develop critical thinking ability of women students. To inculcate team spirit in the students.

Definition of sexual harassment

According to the Supreme Court, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexually determined behavior such as:

  • Physical contact, gestures, or stalking
  • A demand or request for sexual favors
  • Sexually oriented remarks
  • Showing pornography
  • Use of electronic media (phone, internet, intranet) for perpetrating any of the above
  • Any other unwelcome physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature
  • It is important to note here that what constitutes sexual harassment is defined by the victim, and not by the perpetrator.
  • Sexual harassment could be difficult to identify due to prevailing and pervasive myths such as:
    • 'Decently dressed women are not sexually harassed'.
    • 'Women who object to sexual harassment are over-reacting'
    • 'women keep quiet when harassed because they like eve-teasing', and sexist attitudes such as 'Provocatively dressed women ask to be sexually harassed and have no right to complain'.
  • The above instances are examples of further victimizing and traumatizing victims of sexual harassment.
  • Attempts to influence/intimidate by linking professional advancement with sexual favours, or creating a hostile work environment through (for instance) sexually coloured conversations, letters, telephone calls and text messages, or making demeaning comments about women's roles in society are all cases of sexual harassment.
  • In short, the definition of sexual harassment is broad enough to include all kinds of offensive, hostile, intimidating, humiliating and exploitative
  • language, gestures and conduct.

    The following is also sexual harassment and is covered by the committee

  • Eve-teasing
  • Unsavory remarks
  • Jokes causing or likely to cause awkwardness or embarrassment
  • Innuendos and taunts
  • Gender based insults or sexist remarks
  • Unwelcome sexual overtone in any manner such as over telephone (obnoxious telephone calls) and the like
  • Touching or brushing against any part of the body and the like
  • Displaying pornographic or other offensive or derogatory pictures, cartoons, pamphlets or sayings
  • Forcible physical touch or molestation
  • Physical confinement against one´s will and any other act likely to violate one’s privacy

Executive Members Of The Club

The present members of the Complaints Committee to deal with the complaints of sexual harassment in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court of India relating to sexual harassment of women workers at work places and students are as follows.

Sl. No. Name Designation
01 Prof. Snigdha Mohapatra Asst. Professor, Dept. of CSE
02 Prof. Sulochana Das Asst. Professor, Dept. of BSH
03 Prof. Itishree Dash Asst. Professor, Dept. of BSH
04 Prof. Pritichhanda Bhanjadeo Asst. Professor, Dept. of ECE
05 Prof. Pritam Priyadarshini Das Asst. Professor, Dept. of BSH
06 Prof. Niharika sahoo Asst. Professor, Dept. of BSH
07 Prof. Smita Rani Sahu Asst. Professor, Dept. of EEE
08 Prof. M. Rani Dora Asst. Professor, DIPLOMA WING
Student Members    
01 JASWALINI BARAL, 3rd yr  
02 RAJASWINI PRDHAN, 2nd yr  
03 PRIYA CHAOWDHURY, 2nd yr  

Do´s and Don´ts

Don´t feel a sense of shame. Tell the harasser very clearly that you find this behavior offensive.

Don´t ignore the harassment in the hope that it will stop on its own; come forward and complain.

Talk to somebody you trust about the harassment. It will not only give you strength, but also help others to come forward and complain.

Keep a detailed record of all incidents related to the sexual harassment. If you feel the need to register a formal complaint later, this record will be helpful.

Most importantly, the victim must never blame herself for the harassment.

Action

If informal methods such as telling the perpetrator to stop harassing do not succeed, the victim can lodge a complaint through email or by a telephone call to any of the members.

The complainant´s name and identity will be kept confidential.

After it has been proved that the offender has indulged in sexual harassment, appropriate punitive action will be taken against him, irrespective of his status in the institute - whether staff, faculty or student.

Only victim or her heir can file the complaint

The victim can contact the Women Cell members by email to whpc@gietbbsr.com or a telephone call and then lodge a complaint by filling the appropriate forms.

The law on sexual harassment

The Supreme Court, which regards sexual harassment as a violation of human rights and as a form of systematic discrimination against women, has issued guidelines to prevent, as well as punish, perpetrators of sexual harassment.

It is legally mandatory for employers and administrators to deploy measures for combating and redressing incidents of sexual harassment in their organizations.

Activities

  • Inauguration Ceremony of Committee for Sexual Harassment of women.
  • 5 days YOGA PRANAYAM workshop
  • Self Defense Training
  • Guest Lecture-Importance of the Mudras
  • Guest lecture on Better care in her changing world
  • Guest Lecture- Women’s Health Awareness
  • Guest Lecture on Balanced Diet