SC sets up single-point contact for sexual harassment complaints

The Supreme Court Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee (GSICC) headed by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai has notified a single-point contact for all sexual harassment complaints in the Supreme Court precincts.

Complaint can be sent by e-mail, registered post, courier or speed post or handed over personally, as per a circular issued on 14 February by the registrar, Rachna Gupta, who would be receive the complaints.

The decision was taken at the first meeting of the GSICC held on 9 December 2013, according to the notification.

''The aggrieved women as defined in clause 2(a) of the Gender Sensitisation and Sexual Harassment of Women at the Supreme Court of India (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Regulations, 2013 may make a complaint in writing of sexual harassment at Supreme Court of India precincts to the GSICC through its Member Secretary - Ms Rachna Gupta, Registrar,'' a Supreme Court web site statement  said.

The GSICC has already received two complaints from two women lawyers since its inception in November 2013.

"Both the complaints are pending disposal," said the Supreme Court Gender Sensitization and Internal Complaints Committee (GSICC), in its annual report, which was made public today in the apex court website.

The report has not disclosed the names of the alleged offenders.