In a welcome initiative, the Hyderabad city police on Friday flagged off an initiative titled 'SH(OUT) - Sexual Harassment Out: We are listening' in association with SHE Teams and Soroptimist International, where they discussed sexual harassment and urged women to speak out against it.
The inaugural event conducted at Taj Krishna had Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and Olympian P V Sindhu as Chief Guest and Guest of Honor respectively. Those who had gathered explained the provisions and redressal measures that were outlined in the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013.
Speaking at the event, Anjani Kumar said that the vision of the initiative was to spread awareness across working women in all sectors on what amounts to sexual harassment and what measures are required to be taken for its prevention. The initiativeâ€™s promise is to take awareness on prevention on sexual harassment at workplace to the grassroot level through a series of programs and other activities in the next 24 months.
Addl Commissioner of Police, Crimes and SIT, Shikha Goel, who is also in-charge of the SHE Teams said that the first event held on Friday was for influencers and key decision makers who in turn will be able to implement this at their workplaces. The participants represented a diverse group including representatives from companies like TCS, Infosys, Cyient, ADP, Cognizant, Uber, Apollo hospitals, Amazon, KIMS hospitals, Mariott hotels, Novartis, Uber, L&T Metro, Ramoji Films, Osmania University and Telugu Film chambers of commerce among others.
PV Sindhu: Travelling abroad, I have seen there is a lot of respect for women, I am happy there is respect for women in other countries. In India, people say 'we should respect women' but those who actually practice this are very rare. pic.twitter.com/AFxDyP45v5â€” ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2019
PV Sindhu: Women should be strong and believe in themselves. They should come out and speak about the harassment that they face, No need to be ashamed about it, infact we should be proud we are strong and coming forward https://t.co/7IV3JOG3shâ€” ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2019
During the symposium, the various provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibiton, and Redressal) Act, 2013 were explained to the delegates with specific inputs on roles and responsibilities of the organisations, constitution and functions of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and reporting and redressal mechanism for women employees.