What is #MakeMyCampusSafe?
Feminism in India and Newslaundry’s Campus Politik are launching a new campaign to tackle the redressal of sexual harassment complaints in college campuses – #MakeMyCampusSafe.
The University Grants Commission has directed higher educational institutions in India to constitute Internal Institute Complaints Committee (ICC) with an inbuilt mechanism for gender sensitization against sexual harassment.
It mandates that at least one-half of the total members of the ICC shall be women and Persons in senior administrative positions, such as Vice- Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Registrar, Deans, Heads of Departments, etc., shall not be members of ICCs in order to ensure autonomy of their functioning. The Inquiry has to be completed within 90 days and the Institution has to take effective action within 30 days after the receipt of recommendation.
Does your campus have an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), a Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) or a Complaints Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CCASH)? Is it effective? Does ‘due process’ work?
#MakeMyCampusSafe looks at the sexual harassment redressal mechanisms in college campuses across India and puts focus on the systems in place to check sexual harassment on campus.
What can you do?
Have you had experience dealing with your college’s sexual harassment redressal committee? Tell us how smoothly it functioned, or not.
Have you been sexually harassed or violated in your college campus? Share your story with us. Anonymity will be 100% protected on request.
We want to put a spotlight on the functioning of the GSCASH & CCASH committees in your college. Tell us your stories.