Centre launches 'SHe-box' portal to battle sexual harassment at the workplace

Centre launches 'SHe-box' portal to battle sexual harassment at the workplace”

Making the initial draft public a year ago, WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had said the aim of the government was to shift from entitlements to rights and from empowerment to creating an enabling environment for women.

Speaking at the occasion, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister of Women & Child Development said that though now this facility has been extended to employees of Central Government, the scope of the portal will soon be extended to women employees of private sector also.

Called the "Sexual Harassment e-Box" or the "SHe-box", it will be accessible to central government women employees to start with and will be later extended to women employees from the private sector as well, the minister said.

The ICC will take action as prescribed under the Act and update the status of the complaint.

The portal should offer a list of follow-up details so that the employee gets to know the exact status of the complaint, she told officials.

Government of India is the largest employer in the country employing 30.87 lakh people to carry out its various functions.

Gandhi said, "Initially only employees working in various government sectors can file a complaint".

The platform is still in developments and needs few changes. The draft National Policy for Women, 2017, approved recently by a group of ministers has been sent to the Cabinet, according to a ministry spokesperson.

The sexual harassment Act mandates that all workplaces with more than 10 workers constitute an internal complaints committee for receiving complaints of sexual harassment.

"We are not treading on anybody's toes".

Gandhi also asked officials to include a section in the portal where complainants can "vent" their grievances.

"Some people say installation of CCTV cameras is a harassment".

Further, the Ministry in collaboration with Institute of Statistical Training and Management (ISTM), New Delhi has prepared a training module to build the capacity of government officials above the provisions of the SH Act and develop in them professional competence to implement the same.

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