Govt launches portal for sexual harassment complaints at work

NEW DELHI: Women who are sexually harassed at their workplaces in the private sector can now lodge their complaints on a Government portal, Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi said today.

Launching the portal, the Minister said the online complaint management system — ‘SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box) — would be hosted on the WCD’s website.

Harassment could include the use of foul language or cracking of lewd jokes, she said.

The complaint mechanism, which the Ministry had initiated for Government employees in July, is now open for women working in the private sector, too.

“We received 346 complaints from women employed in the Government sector. Seeing such a huge response we are opening SHe-box to all women who have faced any kind of sexual harassment at the workplace in India,” Gandhi told reporters.

Referring to the #MeToo campaign on Twitter sparked by allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Gandhi said, “India is the first country in the world that is responding as a Government.” (AGENCIES)