The St Stephen's sexual harassment row is escalating by the day. On being goaded by the HRD ministry to investigate the most recent lewd behavior case in St Stephen's College, University Grants Commission has named an officer, Sunita Siwach, for the specific purpose. She will visit the college to look at in the event that its Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) is working, figure out why in the event that its not and exhort on how matters can be sped up.
"I would welcome a full legal request by either a sitting or a retired judge of the Supreme Court into this asserted instance of lewd behavior, covering all parts of it," college's head Valson Thampu said on Sunday. "I would even welcome a CBI request. It is vital for all concerned for reality become known."
More than the badgering itself, it is the asserted misusing of it that has infuriated understudies and instructors. The lady scientist, who has blamed the previous treasurer"”her proposal boss"”of inappropriate behavior, has likewise blamed the college's organization for "protecting" him.
She withdrew her grumbling to ICC"”held up right on time this year after much postpone in light of Thampu's affirmed impedance and demoralization"”via email on June 20. She'd kept in touch with, "I have truly no confidence in the way the procedures before the council have continued. I firmly accept an endeavor is being made to character kill me and recovery Dr Satish Kumar, the treasurer."
In any case, her withdrawal wasn't acknowledged and on June 25, she was requested that show up before the advisory group on July 2. She composed back repeating her choice to withdraw and refusal to show up before the board of trustees. A couple of days after the fact, she additionally discharged recordings of gatherings"”supposedly between her, Thampu and Kumar"”in which, on the off chance that they are real, there are clear signs that she was being debilitated from documenting an official protestation.
Thampu said, "I don't think about the working of ICC as it is totally outside the main's domain. It is constituted under the national demonstration and requests of the Supreme Court. As a well behaved national, I won't meddle with the working of a statutory body endowed with guaranteeing equity to ladies, to which the college is submitted wholeheartedly."
Of UGC's examination, he included, "I can't represent ICC however in my ability as important, I respect the UGC's interest. Whatever questions have been cast on the absence of prejudice, freedom and effectiveness of the panel, I trust, will vanish from that point."
These assertions of intentional misusing have called the working of ICCs and Delhi University's own particular contraption to examine lewd behavior cases being referred to and made the college itself the focal point of dissent. Ladies' gatherings have censured the complete substitution of the past strategy"”Ordinance XV-D"”with the Sexual Harassment in Workplace (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2013. In spite of the fact that it was never completely actualized, with its procurements on chose individuals from councils and understudy and karamchari representation, it made for a more pleasant framework.
Ladies' gatherings have claimed the college has seen a "spate of lewd behavior cases that have been ineffectively examined by the organization".