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For all the latest Pune News, said municipal commissioner. is absolutely central to any attempts to provide justice in cases of sexual violence.take steps to settle the matter between her and the respondent through conciliation. Its task is also explicitly to protect the privacy of the complainant (Section 16) The legal and ethical mandate of such committees is to ensure that no incident of sexual harassment goes unpunished and to provide a safe space for women to raise these matters One of the key casualties when any organisation does not set up an internal committee is the complainants right to choose howand to what extentto pursue cases of sexual harassment Thusin not constituting a sexual harassment committeeTehelka not only broke the lawbut made it impossible for the journalist to raise the question in a manner that might protect her privacy and her agency The other complication in this case is thatwhereas the act suggests that all offences under its purview (sexual harassment) are non-cognisablerape and assault are cognisable offences But the lines between sexual harassment and sexual assault are not always cut and dried Moreoverif the complaint is in the first instance handled by an internal committeewhen should it become obligatory for sexual harassment committees to report offences to the police The 2013 act is not clear at all on the issue Would such an obligation override the right of the woman to choose further courses of actiona right that the act seems concerned to protect Committees to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace can only be effective if women feel both empowered and safe in bringing their complaints to them In trying to institute one of the earliest such committees in Jawaharlal Nehru Universitywe realised that safety means the right to pursue a complaintbut also the time and space to think about the forms of redressand to come to terms with the trauma of the experience of harassment Of coursewomen need to be informed of all their options if they are to exercise their choices meaningfully They need to understand the consequences of pushing a case forward legallyand also of not doing so But the question of agency is a complicated oneand not limited to the question of information alone When a woman withdraws her complaint against a sexual offenderit is impossible to know whether she does so because of personal or social pressureor free will But all those who have worked with women facing sexual harassment and sexual violence know that legal and punitive mechanisms cannot be effective if such women do not feel safe in raising these issues in the first place The Tehelka case should be used to make sure all employers set up appropriate committees to handle complaints of sexual violence But beyond thatwe need to reflect on the difficult but crucial question of womens agency and safety to engage in serious discussion so that we can address the loopholes and grey areas that still existboth in the law and in our own thinking on these issues The writer is professorUniversity of PennsylvaniaUS [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News in ‘Naam Shabana’ for instance, but what would be best for our film is to utilise that for telling a substantial story. They will be giving us presentation in a week or so. download Indian Express App More Top News More than being loved as Salman Khan’s alleged girlfriend, Himesh who heard her singing a completely new version of ‘Jag ghoomeya’ earlier said in an interview.

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