The Women Cell of K.L.E. College of Engineering and Technology, Chikodi was established in 2010, in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling of 1997 on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Only complaints against sexual harassment come under women’s cell In the simplest of words it is basically the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society.
The Women Cell has been involved in awareness and sensitization campaigns via lectures in each academic year.
The law on sexual harrassment
- The Supreme Court, which regards sexual harassment as a violation of human rights and as a form of systematic discrimination against women, has issued guidelines to prevent, as well as punish, perpetrators of sexual harassment.
- It is legally mandatory for employers and administrators to deploy measures for combating and redressing incidents of sexual harassment in their organizations.
The Women Cell is committed to
- Observing the law on Sexual Harassment
- Sensitising the community on gender issues
- Addressing complaints from victims
Sexual harrasment defined
According to the Supreme Court, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexually determined behaviour such as:
- Physical contact, gestures, or stalking
- A demand or request for sexual favors
- Sexually oriented remarks
- Showing pornography
- Use of electronic media (phone, internet, intranet) for perpetrating any of the above
- Any other unwelcome physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature
It is important to note here that what constitutes sexual harassment is defined by the victim, and not by the perpetrator.