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SHe box receives 77 complaints of sexual harassment at work places

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The government-run Sexual Electronic box (SHe-Box) has received 34 complaints from various ministries, 19 from various states, and 25 from private organisations since the was launched seven months ago. The maximum number of grievances have come from the

In reply to an RTI application by IANS, the (WCD) said it was taking action in response to the 77 complaints of sexual by women at their work places.

The portal, launched in July last year to provide single-window access to working women to register complaints related to sexual at work places, was initially limited to only government sector employees. It was however expanded to the private sector from November last year.

Within three months, 25 women working in different private organisations registered complaints.

The WCD Ministry, mandated to run the portal and act on complaints, has received grievances from three of its own employees, according to the RTI reply.

It said eight complaints were received from the followed by four from the Three cases each have been received from the ministries of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Defence, Finance and Railways.

Two complaints each have been registered by women working with the ministries of Health, Human Resources Development and Rural Development. One woman in the has also registered a case on the SHe box.

According to the WCD Ministry, women working with different government departments in 13 states have also complained of

The maximum number of four cases have been received from Kerala, three from while two are from Telangana. One case each has been registered from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Maharashtra, Punjab, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and

The was launched as part of the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, to create a safe and secure workplace for women free from sexual harassment.

The registration of requires the complainant to fill in information like her name, designation, cellphone number, email, Aadhaar number and contact details of the organisation and of the organisation, as well as the name of the offender.

Complaints filed with the internal committee of these organisations can also be re-routed through this portal.

Once a complaint is submitted, it goes to the (ICC) concerned or (LCC) constituted under the act. Through this portal, the as well as complainant can also monitor the status of complaints.

However, a large number of sexual harassment cases at workplaces in are not reported.

According to a 2017 survey by the Indian National Bar Association, of the 6,047 participants 38 per cent said they had faced harassment at their workplaces but 69 per cent of the respondents did not complain about it.

The main reasons for not reporting the sexual harassment cases include fear of losing jobs, stigma and long-winding procedures in the legal battle for redressal of the complaints.

(Somrita Ghosh can be contacted at <mailto:somrita.g@ians.in>)

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 13:04 IST
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