The Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) of the West Bengal State University, a committee to deal with sensitive issues relating to sexual harassment of women, teachers or students, was formed in December 2016 in line with the Vishakha guidelines. The activities of the Cell and the principles adhered to in its meetings and deliberations are briefly described below.
Any instance of sexual harassment may be brought to the notice of the Cell in writing, over telephone, on e-mail or through SMS. When a case is reported to the Cell, a meeting is scheduled almost immediately. The Cell gives the complainant a hearing, discusses the matter internally and documents its findings and recommendations. There is a unique official e-mail ID of the Cell through which complaints may be lodged. Also, the Cell organizes periodic lectures within the campus in order to sensitize and spread awareness, especially among students. The Cell functions within the administrative and institutional structure of the University. Since its inception, a total of three cases have been reported to and dealt with by the Cell till date.
Apart from the routine assignments the Cell also took initiative to hold various awareness programs within the campus in the year 2017, 2018 and 2019.Important lectures were held by teachers and doctors of the University of Calcutta.Dr. Mallika Banerjee gave a very interesting speech on a girl child having autism and suggested various methods which can be taught to these differently able kids for their protection and welfare. This event took place in July 2017. A movie was screened on various important issues of the girl child and on women welfare. Dr. Sabir Ali from our Department of Sanskrit spoke on various aspects of women empowerment from our Ancient Texts. Professor Sutapa Chatterjee Sarkar pointed out the importance of education in the life of the girl child. Honorable Vice Chancellor Professor Basab Chaudhuri encouraged the students to undertake promotional and educational research so as to suggest ways of ensuring due representation of women in all spheres of life and profession.
In November 2018, a one-day poster competition on ‘Legal Rights of Women’was organized by the Cell.The aim of the competition was to make students aware about constitutional rights and legal safeguards for women. Ms. Antara Acharya, District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas, Prof. Basab Chaudhuri, Honorable Vice Chancellor, WBSU and Prof. Paula Banerjee, Vice Chancellor, Sankrit University graced the occasion. All of them actively participated and spoke on development and women welfare. Posters presented by nearly 20 Departments of WBSU, ranging from Humanities, Science, Commerce, Management and Kingston Law College were displayed. Posters assessed gender profiles, status of women and their empowerment. It advocated speedy justice to the victims portraying awareness about child marriage, organization of legal awareness programs, status of the ParibarikMahila Lok Adalat’s, appeal for further stringent and effective laws just as Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, Indian Penal Code, 1860, and the National Commission for Women Act, 1990, etc. attracted the attention of the audience. Some posters even took up publicity campaign against female feticide, domestic violence against women, etc. in order to generate awareness against these social evils. Prizes were given to Soumika Banerjee and Swagata Mukherjee, who secured the first position. Santanu Bapari and Proma Ganguly secured the second position. Ronita Nandi, Lucky Kar, Chaynika Chatterjee and Tania Adhikari secured the third position. Going forward, the Cell would carry forward similar awareness programs in right earnest.
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