In a recent press release (attached) dated 24th July, 2017, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (“Ministry”) has introduced an online complaint management system — ‘SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box). The objective behind introduction of this portal is to ensure effective implementation ofSexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“Act”).
This portal is an initiative to provide a platform to women working or visiting any office of Central Government (Central Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies and Institutions etc.) to file complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace under the Act.
‘SHe-box’ will initially be available for the Central government employees and subsequently, its scope will be broadened to cover employees in the private sector.
The intent of this portal is to provide speedier remedy to women facing sexual harassment at workplace. Once a complaint is submitted to the portal, it will be directly sent to the ICC of the concerned Ministry/Department/PSU/Autonomous Body etc. having jurisdiction to inquire into the complaint. Through this portal, the Ministry and the complainant, both can monitor the progress of inquiry conducted by the ICC.
‘SHe-Box’ also aims to provide a platform to a list of empanelled institutes/organisations to share their capacity building activities with the Ministry for a better monitoring of the activities of these institutions / organizations. As of now, as per the reports received, in the past 5 months, the empanelled institutes/organisations/companies have organised 35 capacity building exercises which were attended by approximately 1700 people.
Source: Press Information Bureau