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Two sex harassment complaints made to Supreme Court’s new committee within a fortnight

The Supreme Court Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee (GSICC) has received two complaints of sexual harassment since it was set up on 26 November 2013, reported the PTI, citing the GSICC Annual Report (PDF):

In the First Meeting of the GSICC held on 9/12/2013, an Internal Sub-Committee of three members was constituted in terms of Clause 9(1) of the said Regulations. The three members are Ms. Indu Malhotra, Senior Advocate, Mr. L. Nageshwar Rao, Senior Advocate and Ms. Bharti Ali, Co-Director, HAQ.

Two complaints received by the GSICC from aggrieved women lawyers have been submitted to the Internal Sub-Committee. The Internal Sub-Committee initiated the process of examining the two complaints. As far as the Complainant in GSICCNo. 1/2013 is concerned, her statement was video-recorded on 12.12.2013. The Complainant in GSICC No.2/2013 appeared on 16.12.2013 and the video-recording of her statement was deferred at her request. Both the complaints are pending disposal with the internal sub-committee.

While further details of the complaints were not disclosed, the committee does not have the power to investigate complaints against judges, which hit the headlines shortly before the committee was constituted.

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