Committee Against Sexual Harassment

Committee against Sexual Harassment (CASH)
Following the guidelines on the prevention and deterrence of sexual harassment in the workplace laid down by the Supreme Court of India in its 13 August 1997 judgment on the Writ Petition (Criminal) Vishaka vs. State of Rajasthan, there has been a greater awareness in our country on this subject.

SNDT Women’s University has a policy for prevention of sexual harassment, at the University and at the colleges affiliated to the University. Accordingly, our college has also taken up the whole issue very seriously and has formed a Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) where an affected person can report and which is empowered to investigate and take action on the complaints.

The Members of CASH in our college consists of representation from the Management, Administration, Students, Faculty as well as the Non-teaching staff. The following are the 13 members of CASH:
 
 

What is Sexual Harassment?
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

It is implicitly or explicitly suggested that submission to or rejection of the conduct will be a factor in academic or employment decisions or evaluations, or when the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating or hostile academic work or living environment.

 


What to do if you feel you are being sexually harassed
Know your rights – Sexual harassment is illegal, both the law of the land and the University laws prohibit sexual harassment.
Speak up – If you can, tell the person to stop. State clearly and firmly that you want a particular behavior to cease.

Get information and support – If you feel you cannot speak up, ask your friends to help you and bring it to the notice of members of college (CASH) Committee against Sexual Harassment. Keep records that might be useful for pursuing the case.

 


What not to do
Do not blame your self. Sexual harassment is not something one brings on oneself. It is not a consequence of certain ways of dressing or acting. It is a violation of an individual’s right to work and live with dignity.

Do not ignore it. Ignoring sexual harassment does not make it go away. The harasser may misinterpret a lack of response as approval of the behavior.

Do not delay. Delay in action increases the probability that unwanted behavior will continue or escalate.

Do not hesitate to ask for help. Speak up.