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POSH Committee

POSH Committee

Formation of Committee

The important feature of the Act is that it envisages the setting up of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) at every office of the organization or institution, having more than 10 employees, to hear and redress complaints pertaining to sexual harassment.

Where the number of employees is less than 10, the Act provides for the setting up of Local Committee (LC) in every district by the District Officer. The committee while inquiring into such complaint shall have the same power as vested in a civil court.

Who are the members of the Local Complaints Committee?

The Local Complaints Committee shall constitute of the following members (Section

7(1) of the Act) :

Chairperson: One: eminent woman in the field of social work and committed

to the cause of women.

Member: One nominated amongst the women working in the block, taluka

or tehsil or ward or municipality in the district

Members: Two  to be nominated from amongst non-governmental

organizations or associations committed to the cause of women or a person

familiar with the issues relating to sexual harassment

At least one of the two members shall be a woman.

At least one of the two should have a background in law or legal knowledge

At least one of the two shall be a woman belonging to the SC or the ST or OBC or

minority community

Member: ex officio: the concerned officer dealing with the social welfare or

women and child development in the district


Our team will provide consultation services to help you form the ICC in your organisation. We will also provide the ‘Beginners Kit for Committee members to each committee member. We will establish and clarify the roles and functions of each member. Formation of the ICC will constitute the following:

  • Presiding Officer – senior-most woman employee in the workplace
  • Not less than two members from amongst employees preferably committed to the cause of women or who have had experience in social work or have the legal knowledge
  • One member from amongst NGOs or associations committed to the cause of women or a person familiar with the issues relating to Sexual Harassment
  • At least one-half of the total members so nominated shall be women

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