As part of 16 days of activism to end violence against, Shaki – One Stop Centre Ukhrul organised awareness programme on gender based violence with special special focus the sexual harassment of women at workplace ( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
One day awareness programme on gender based violence with special focus on the sexual harassment of women at workplace ( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 was held at DRDA Conference Hall Mini Secretariat Complex, Hamleikhong, Ukhrul.
Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul Krishna Kumar, expressed on the need for collective participation in order to shape public opinion about gender. “There should be no gender discrimination, this is a direction of the court, and it is our constitutional rights. One must to show empathy and protect our people particularly women community.”
Krishna Kumar also mentioned about the celebration of Rakhi and Ningol Chaouba. He stated “this festival is to give respect to our sisters and we must uphold this good practices for our better living.” He also stressed on various beneficiaries schemes that were provided by both state and centre to empower and uplift women.
Superintendent of Police of Ukhrul, Ningshem Vashum elaborated on sexual harassment of women in workplace ( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013. He said, any women who faces sexual harassment in workplace have to promptly report to Internal Complaint Committee (ICC)/ Local Complaint Commitee for their justice within three months. And for the safety of women, any workplace which has more than 10 employees should mandatory formed Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) , as per the Act, a monetary penalty upto Rs 50000 may impose against the company or organizations who fails to set up the committee for redressal of grievances and harassment of women in work places.
Advisor to National Commission for Women (NCW) Soso Shaiza also spoke on cruelty and harassment meted out by husband or the in-laws such as assault and outrage the modesty of women, kidnapping, abduction, rape, dowry, women trafficking and cyber crime. She also mentioned about the various schemes amd projects taken by Ministry of Home Affairs and Women Child Development for gender equality and emancipation of women such as mission Shaki.
Nandini Thokchom, State Resource Person for Manipur Levilihood Mission and Human Rights Defender Indigenous Perspective also spoke on Gender Equality. She stated that “gender equality is now not only confine to women and men but also include the third gender in this contemporary world.” She further said, it is time for action to implement the act and create a generative awareness.
Chonchuirinmayo Luithui, Centre Administrator One Stop Centre, Ukhrul District said that since after the opening of OSC in 2019 in Ukhrul district over 63 cases had been received in the office, of which 56 cases were closed. According to her report, most of the cases were domestic violence, child sexual abuse, cyber crime and missing case.
The programme was attended by Police officers, ICDS, UADC, ZEO, DLOs, NGOs, TSL, HSL and Women leaders of Ukhrul district.