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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
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: