In an atmosphere that remains charged with concerns about women’s safety, Lady Shri Ram College took a step towards not only spreading awareness about women’s safety but also hosted a workshop with some of the city’s top judicial magistrates at its premises, today. The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of the college (an essential judicial requirement for all organisations today) along with the Women’s Development Committee hosted a workshop on safety of women at work place and under the premises of a shared home. The workshop was conducted jointly by Metropolitan Judicial Services Member Chetna Singh, Secretary Delhi Legal Services Authority Monika Saroha and Delhi Metropolitan Magistrate Shreya Arora Mehta in the presence of the College Principal Dr Suman Sharma, who has herself been an active researcher and leader in the field.
Talking about domestic violence –mental or physical, both Judicial Magistrates Chetna Singh and Monika Saroha said that the Domestic Violence Act is a civil remedy for women who face oppression and violation from members of the family. This Act provides for safety officers for women who fear making complaints and returning home thereafter and empowers them to directly approach the magistrate. Magistrate Monika Saroha said that it provides protection, residence, monetary relief, custody rights and compensation to women who may have suffered at the hands of male relatives and line-in partners within the four walls of their residence.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shreya Arora Mehta briefed the students about the Act relating to Sexual Harassment at Work Place passed in 2013, which took close to 16 years to concretise. She informed the students that it aimed at prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment issues of women at the work place whether they are permanent, ad-hoc or volunteers or of even those in the organised and unorganised sector. She said that the constitution of the ICC in every organisation is the first step towards a fair treatment of all complaints.
Talking about her own rich experience the Principal Dr Suman Sharma said that her years of research and association with the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Women’s Forum had brought to the fore two major common problems that females from such diverse ethnicities face, which are –domestic violence and economic invisibility.
In a session that lasted over two hours, students and faculty actively participated in a discussion and brought their doubts seeking clarifications about their rights in the most bold and intelligent manner.
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