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CUK taking stringent measures to check sexual harassments in campuses: VC

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Ganderbal: The in-charge Vice Chancellor (VC) Central University of Kashmir (CUK), Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah on Thursday said the varsity has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assaults on female staffers and students pursuing their careers and education respectively.
The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) constituted by the university in the year 2014 has received few complaints about the sexual harassments till date and the registered complaints have been dealt very strictly,” Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah said.
He was addressing the participants during a programme titled “Awareness for the Gender Champions,” organized by the ICC to sensitize the Champions about their role in checking and reporting the cases of sexual harassments in different university campuses.
He asked the Gender Champions to spread awareness among the students’ community across the campuses about the ways to register complaints in ICC against those indulging in sexual harassment. “Women employees and students facing sexual harassment should break the taboo and courageously report the same so that the culprits are punished and a secure and safe environment is provided for their working,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Registrar CUK Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar called for taking proactive and stringent measures and steps to check sexual harassment of women in the society, particularly at workplaces.
“The Gender Champions are the eyes and ears of the ICC and have to play a pivotal and huge role in making the university environment conducive and comfortable for the female students and staffers,” Prof. Zargar said.
He urged the participants to change the patriarchal mindset of people.
Earlier in her welcome address, ICC Presiding Officer Dr. Mir Insha Farooq said the sexual harassment complaints received by the ICC have been disposed of in a time bound manner as it causes lot of distress to both the complainant and the accused.
“In CUK, till date, the sexual harassment complaints have been addressed to the full satisfaction of the complainant,” she said.

 


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