LSR advocates the empowerment of women and has zero tolerance for sexual harassment. The college has an Internal Complaints Committee which looks swiftly and diligently into matters related to sexual harassment. Complaint boxes have been placed at three different places in college for the reporting of grievances. Boards containing details of all members of the Committee have also been displayed. LSR has tried to create awareness on the issue of sexual harassment by conducting workshops and lectures by lawyers and activists. Self-defence workshops have also been organised.
In the last few years the college has collaborated with the NGO Jagori undertaking a safety audit of the areas around college. An app named ‘safetipin’ was used to assess nine parameters namely lighting, openness, visibility, people, security, walk path, public transport, gender usage and general feeling. The app also allows the user to record hazards and harassments. The committee along with the Women’s Development Cell hosted a legal literacy workshop with respect to domestic violence and sexual harassment at the work place. 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.
More recently the Internal Complaints Committee, LSR organized a series of events on September 13, 2018. Following are the details about these:
Presentation by ACP Ms. Sunita Sharma
Time: 11:45 am
Venue: Manju Bharat Ram Hall
Ms. Sunita Sharma was the first SHO at the first woman managed police station in India. She is a firm believer in women empowerment, because when empowerment increases, vulnerability decresases. She elaborated on the defition of sexual harassment as per the Sexual Harassment atWorkplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. She brought to our attention that any act which makes a women uncomfortable is an act of harassment – it even includes seemingly innocent acts like patting, hand holding, etc. She highlighted the various Sections in the IPC under which complaints can be registered
Further, she explained about the role of an Internal Complaints Committee inthe redressal of sexual harassment at the workplace and in higher educational institutions. An ICC has the same powers as a Civil Court under Code of Civil Procedures, 1908. ICCs should be set up all over the country, and should be strengthened so that real issues can be addressed and solved. She made the session fun and interactive by sharing her own experiences and anecdotes when answering questions from the students.
Street play by Black Pearl Arts, Culture and Welfare Society
Time: 1:00 pm
These were a group of some 30 college students from Pearl Academy, who delivered a powerful, heart-wrenching performance on sexual harassment and the normalization of harassment in society. Various everyday scenes like stalking, molestation, verbal abuse, etc. were enacted. The play used music and daphli to increase the impact of the strong scenes. The play ended by a monologue, which reminded us about our role as a society in curbing sexual harassment, and also enlightened the student body about the various mechanisms of the Delhi Police through which women can remain safe when they go out:
1091 - women's helpline, 1096 - anti stalking helpline, 8800001091 – WhatsApp number on which live location can be sent when travelling alone in an unsafe area.
Demonstration on Self Defence
The play was followed by a Self Defencedemonstration was conducted by the Special Police Unit for Women and Child Cell, Delhi which accompanied ACP Sunita Sharma. Students were taught upper block which allows some protection when the incoming strike is guessed wrong and is aimed for the body, how to be safe and attentive when commuting in a bus or a metro. If the attacker is trying to put his body weight on you, grab you or try to touch you intentionally, different moves were taught to get out of attacker’s grip and do a counter attack. All these moves were enacted in different situations, and were also demonstrated in slow motion.
The event ended with the Student Members of ICC addressing the student body about the role of the ICC in LSR, and the various ways and situations in which they can reach out to us if they ever face sexual harassment (of any form).
Chairperson: Dr. Savita Gopal
Other committee members:
Ms. Tripti Bassi
Mr. Kartar Chand
Mrs. Nargis Dutt