-Application for Payment of Compensation before Internal Committee- A Case Study
An Aggrieved Woman-Complainant filed before an Internal Committee during ongoing Inquiry, her Application seeking Compensation of Rupees Twelve Lakhs to her for acute Mental Trauma, Crippling Pain, Emotional Distress, Mental & Physical Suffering, Perennial Emotional Distress she underwent for prolonged period of Four Years due to acts of Sexual Harassment she was subjected to by her immediate Superior, all arising out of and in course of her Employment.
She wrote that “What was inflicted on me by the Respondent was Not Mere Physical Injury but an Undying Deep Sense of some Deathless Shame”.
She informed the I C Members that, she also endured indifference of Two Top Management Team Members whom she approached a year ago in Person in their Offices seeking their “intervention” to Stop her SH. Her Written Complaints addressed to them were not accepted, instead she was directed to go to HR Dept.
The Internal Committee sought & secured their Testimonies under-oath over Skype in presence of Complainant & Respondent, on a Date, Time & Place scheduled and both Witnesses substantiated Complainant’s claim.
The Complainant claimed that due to the “indifference” of said Officials which was on IC’s Record now, her SH did not Stop and Continued unchecked for one more year causing Greater Grief to her, a Helpless Woman whose Fundamental Right to Live with Dignity was breached by said Senior Officials for which both need to be Penalized by way of deterrent and a Lesson to others accountable.
Moot Point:-Can Internal Committees recommend recovery of some Compensation from those two Superiors for their failure to “Provide Protection to the Complainant from ongoing SH and for their Callous Response to An Aggrieved Woman’s Plea for Protection from SH.
Experts Guidance and Views are Welcome which would enhance the Knowledge of present & future IC Members.
Harsh K Sharan,
Spl Educator PoSH Programs,
Kritarth Team Consulting All About PoSH
30.6.2020

From India, Delhi

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