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'Issue directions to form ICCs to probe sexual harassment at police departments, hospitals'

Issue directions to form ICCs to probe sexual harassment at police departments, hospitals

New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Monday urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue directions to immediately put in place an internal committee to look into sexual harassment complaints at all state police departments.

Gandhi also asked Health Minister J P Nadda to issue directions to immediately set up an internal committee to look into such complaints at all hospitals run by state and central governments.

Noting that she has been informed that internal complaint committees have been put in place in most of the government offices, Gandhi, in separate letters to Singh and Nadda, said they have not been constituted in the offices of police organisation in states and in all hospitals run by state and central governments.

"I request you to look into this matter and issue suitable directions to the state police departments to ensure that Internal Complaint Committees (ICC) under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 are immediately constituted and notified to all the members of the police departments," Gandhi wrote to Singh Monday.

"I request you to look into this matter and issue suitable directions to the central government hospitals and state health departments to ensure that Internal Complaint Committees under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 are immediately constituted and notified by all hospitals," she said in the letter to Nadda.

She said the Women and Child Development Ministry has prepared extensive training material for the members of the ICCs which has been made available to all.

"We have empanelled a number of training organisations which the private sector can utilise for training their HR professionals as well as sensitising their work force. Self learning video has been created and put on the ministry's website," she said in the letters to Singh and Nadda.

"The police authorities may also be advised to use the training material available on the website of the WCD Ministry to sensitise their staff as well as members of the ICCs," she said.

She also advised Nadda to ask hospital authorities to use the training material available on the website of the WCD Ministry to sensitise their staff as well as members of the ICCs.

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