Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi said today that women who might be facing sexual harassment at workplace can file their complaints online. To make this possible, a dedicated e-platform will be launched this month. The e-platform will allow central government women employees to file their complaints online. Maneka Gandhi made the announcement while she was addressing heads of Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) of various ministries and departments. “We have worked vigorously in the last two-three years in this area. We are going to launch an online platform where women can file sexual harassment-related complaints,” she said. The e-platform is being developed by the NIC (National Information Centre) and it will be launched as soon as it is finalized.
The decision to launch an e-platform for reporting sexual harassment at workplace was taken after several complaints were received from women employees working in various ministries. The WCD ministry’s website will be hosting the e-platform and handling the complaints. The ministry will take up the complaints with respective departments and ministries. “We hope our complaints committees work in such a way that hopefully, we won’t have the need for using such a platform to seek redressal. Also, we have had an e-box facility for the last one year for children to file complaints anonymously. We have received hundreds of cases and we have addressed them,” Ms. Gandhi said.