Awareness session held on POSH Act

Aligarh: The Internal Complaint Committee of Aligarh Muslim University’s Malappuram Centre organised a comprehensive awareness session on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment i.e. POSH Act on March 23.

The event aimed to enlighten and sensitise participants about the legal framework and mechanisms in place to address issues of sexual harassment within the workplace.

Dr Faisal KP, Director of AMU’s centre, highlighted the importance of combating sexual harassment and fostering a safe and respectful environment. He commended the initiatives undertaken by the ICC, including disseminating essential documents such as the ICC's Standard Operating Procedure, the POSH Act, and a handbook for stakeholders.

Sruthi TM, Women Protection Officer at Malappuram, delivered the keynote address, offering insights into the legal intricacies and practical implications of the POSH Act. She stressed the significance of institutional mechanisms like the ICC in upholding women's rights.

Dr Naseema PK, presiding officer of the ICC, elucidated the committee's mission and its pivotal role in nurturing a culture of respect and dignity.

The main session featured discussions and presentations by Asif, a 4th-year law student, and his team, focusing on the provisions of the POSH Act and engaging participants in meaningful dialogue. Coordinators from various departments emphasised the interdisciplinary collaboration necessary to address sexual harassment issues effectively.

Mohd Ahazam Khan, Assistant Registrar AMUCM, reiterated the institution's commitment to maintaining a harassment-free environment.

An interactive session allowed attendees to pose questions, share experiences, and seek clarification on aspects related to the POSH Act. The ICC also organized a quiz based on the circulated materials and the content covered during the awareness session, which saw enthusiastic participation from 103 faculty, non-teaching staff, and students.

Ahmad Bilal, Gender Champion ICC, delivered the vote of thanks.

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