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DCW’s notice to colleges, varsities over sexual harassment cases

The Delhi Commission for Women on Wednesday asked the city’s 23 educational bodies, including the Delhi University, to state the number of sexual harassment complaints received from students or employees since 2013-14.

“We are conducting a study on women’s safety in Delhi... Collecting data will help us in ensuring effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act,” Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati <g data-gr-id="33">Maliwal</g> said in the notice.

The notice seeks details of the Sexual Harassment Committee or the Internal Complaints Committee that takes up sexual <g data-gr-id="31">harassment-related</g> issues in the universities and colleges. The Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and educational bodies of the All 
India Institute of Medical Sciences, National Institute of Technology-Delhi are among those which have been issued the notice to furnish details. The notice comes a day after the DCW issued summons against St. Stephen’s College professor Satish Kumar, accused of molesting a research scholar, and principal Valson Thampu.

In the Wednesday’s notice, <g data-gr-id="32">Maliwal</g> has also sought details of the existing mechanism and rules to deal with the complaints filed. The details of the funds being allotted and expenditure of the Sexual Harassment Committees in the university <g data-gr-id="36">has</g> also been sought. 

Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) will soon set up a committee to address issues and problems faced by northeastern women in the national Capital. The Commission is also mulling over starting a helpline to aid women in distress, DCW chairperson Swati <g data-gr-id="40">Maliwal</g> on Wednesday said. 

“We are planning to set up a Committee to address issues and problems faced by northeastern women in Delhi. <g data-gr-id="30">Also</g> we will start a helpline calling which women from <g data-gr-id="26"><g data-gr-id="29">North</g> east</g> can seek 
immediate help,” <g data-gr-id="35">Maliwal</g> said during a seminar on issues of the northeastern students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
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