Internal Complaints Committee
Internal Complaints Committee (ICC)
Internal Complaints Committee related to Sexual Harassment and Violence against women at their work-place
With the rise of acts of violence and offenses against women in the country in recent times, the issues of women's safety and security has sparked a slew of fresh deliberations in the nation. In the backdrop of this larger debate, with due attention to the facts that there has been a substantial increase of female students and some untoward incidents of offensive behavior towards the women (students, faculty and campus residents) do happen at IIT Kharagpur campus, women's safety is both a timely and important issue for IIT Kharagpur to deliberate upon.
In pursuance of the direction of the Honrable Supreme Court in VISHAKA and ORS.v. STATE OF RAJASTHAN and ORS. (JT 1997(7) SC 384), the Institute constituted a Standing Committee on Women Cell in 2001 to effectively deal with cases of violence against female students, staff, faculty and campus residents.
Presently, this cell functions as the "Internal Complaints Committee" as designated under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
One or more of the following unwelcome acts or behavior (whether directly or by implication) namely:
- Physical contact or advances; or
- A demand or request for sexual favours; or
- Making sexually coloured remarks; or
- Showing pornography; or
- Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.
The following circumstances, among other circumstances if it occurs or is present in relation to or connected with any act or behavior of sexual harassment may amount to sexual harassment:-
- Implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in her employment; or
- Implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in her employment; or
- Implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; or
- Interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive or hostile work or environment for her; or
- Humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.
This cell undertakes inquiries with regard to complaints of sexual harassment from aggrieved women employees (as defined under the Act, 2013). The complaint is kept totally confidential, and adequate protection is provided to the complainant, where necessary. Complaints are heard expeditiously while adhering to the principles of Natural Justice. Necessary recommendations are provided to the Authority on the basis of the findings of the inquiry.
Where and Whom to Lodge a Complaint
If you are a victim of sexual harassment or perceive yourself to be, immediately contact (personally or through telephone / written request / e-mail)-any of the committee members of the Cell. Alternatively, e-mail can be sent to email@example.com. The complaint and the identity of the complainant will be kept CONFIDENTIAL.
Act, Rules and Procedure
|Presiding Officer||Prof. Sanghamitra Ray||Department of Geology & Geophysics
|Member||Prof. Shampa Aich||Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
|Member||Prof. Pratima Panigrahi||Department of Mathematics
|Member||Prof. Raju K D||Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law
|Member||Prof. Haimanti Banerji||Department of Architecture and Regional Planning
|Member||Prof. Jitendra Mahakud||Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
|Member||Dr. Sonali Dhibar||B. C. Roy Hospital
|Member (Ex-Officio)||Women Students' Representative in Senate|
Prof. Amita (Pathak) Mahanty,
Chairperson, Women Students' Council
Department of Chemistry
|Member||Mrs. Subha Raj||Raj Nursing Home & Infertility Centre Pvt. Ltd.|
Appellate Authority for Internal Complaints Committee (ICC)
|Deputy Director||Office of Deputy Director
|Member||Prof. Jyotsna Dutta Majumdar||Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering