Ministry of Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi launched a website named ‘SHe-Box,’ with the aim “A SAFE WORKPLACE IS EVERY WOMAN’S RIGHT.”
Gandhi said that sexual harassment including the use of foul language or cracking of lewd jokes. On Tuesday, the central government has taken a move to deal with the danger of such crimes at workplaces. The URL of the web portal is shebox.nic.in.
The homepage of the site gives two necessary options to the woman. One option is ‘REGISTER YOUR COMPLAINT,’ the second is ‘VIEW STATUS OF COMPLAINT.’
When one clicks on the link while filing a complaint, the user has to tell if she is working works in a private company or a government employee. After which the person has to fill a form where they can fill their details like as name, designation, Aadhaar number, email, and company name, etc.
Maneka while launching portal said we are getting a pool of complaints from people doing government jobs that prompted us to extend its system to those working in private agencies.
“WE HAVE RECEIVED 346 COMPLAINTS FROM WOMEN EMPLOYED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR. SEEING SUCH BIG RESPONSE WE ARE OPENING SHE-BOX WHO HAVE ENCOUNTERED ANY SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORKPLACE IN INDIA”.
Elaborating on the kind of crimes that women can complain online, Gandhi said,
“NOT JUST PHYSICAL HARASSMENT BUT ALSO COMPLAINTS TRANSFERRED OR TERMINATED BY AN EMPLOYER, DISCRIMINATION AS A RESULT OF MATERNITY CAN BE REGISTERED. IT’S NOT MANDATORY THAT THERE MUST BE TOUCH BUT MEN USING FOUL LANGUAGE OR PASSING LEWD JOKES”.
While citing to the #MeToo campaign on Twitter that ignited by allegations of harassment against (Harvey Weinstein), Gandhi said, “INDIA IS THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WHOLE WORLD THAT IS RESPONDING AS A GOVERNMENT.”
Under the Harassment at Workplace Act (2013), it is necessary for any organization with ten employees or more than that to set up an ICC for addressing complaints like this.
A committee must have a presiding officer who is a female at a senior level in the same organization, at least two employees “PREFERABLY COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE OF WOMEN” and NGO member or a person “FAMILIAR WITH THE CASES RELATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT.”
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