Sexual harassment complaints have seen a rise, albeit slowly, with 107 complaints received in the SHe-box till early-February this year.
The move to ensure effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 through launch of an online complaint management system appears to be slowly picking up pace.
The catchily-titled 'SHe-Box' or Sexual Harassment electronic –Box registers complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace of all women employees in the country, including government and private employees.
Earlier, complainants feared reporting cases of sexual harassment apprehending loss of jobs, exposure and complicated, long drawn legal battle for redressal of the complaints. But the MeToo and assertive generation of bold women is not willing to brush such overstepping under the carpet.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi promised that a unit of her ministry would look into the complaints filed online in the SHe-box 'the first of its kind in the world'.'We will respond to any complaints by any women who have faced sexual harassment at workplace anywhere in India. We will respond and action will be taken."
The portal requires the complainant to fill in the necessary information, including name of the offender and contact details of the head of the organisation. Since it is registered online, the ministry can keep track on the action initiated on the complaints directly with the heads of companies. Complaints that have been filed with the internal committee (IC) of these organisations can also be re-routed through this portal.