Visakha Guidelines

The Visakha Guidelines aim to facilitate the identification of workplace harassment by specifying certain acts in the work place that constitute workplace harassment. The guidelines refer to the Supreme Court Judgement in Vishaka & others v. State of Rajasthan & others which is as follows:

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  • Training & Instructions
  • Fundamentals of compliance
  • The Company’s responsibilities & framework
  • The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and the Grievance Officer (GO) system- The GOC, the General Manager (Compliance head), and their equivalents in each state will be the GOCs for the respective states. These officers will be appointed as GOCs by CIL HQ based on their demonstrated expertise in compliance including legal and HR
  • Ensure you have a complaint and redressal mechanism
  • Review the current resources
  • Have helplines for reporting and keeping track of complaints
  • Determine the seriousness of the complaints with proper guidelines
  • Ensure you have reserved time for sensitization

Harassment is a form of abuse of power that shatters the basic premise of mutual trust and respect.  Sexual harassment violates one’s rights and impairs one’s dignity, in violation of the fundamental principles enshrined in the Constitution. The Constitution provides protection against harassment at work, at school and elsewhere. The Vishaka Guidelines were evolved to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Guidelines on the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Harassment at Workplace is a government policy document designed to ensure women’s safety and dignity in the workplace. The guidelines were first issued by the Department of Personnel (DoP), Government of India on January 12, 2013 based on the recommendations of the Verma committee. It has been revised in September 2013 for greater clarity.

The Guidelines on the Prevention and Handling of Sexual Harassment at Workplace is a government policy document designed to ensure women’s safety and dignity in the workplace. The guidelines were first issued by the Department of Personnel (DoP), Government of India on January 12, 2013 based on the recommendations of the Verma committee. It has been revised in September 2013 for greater clarity.

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