Our ICC has taken action against harassers: AAP

Formed much before the #MeToo movement erupted in India a few weeks ago, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) has been addressing allegations of sexual harassment within the party, including against office-bearers, party leaders have said.

With a wave of allegations of workplace harassment being reported by women through social media, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on October 18 said she had written to political parties to form ICCs.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, mandates the formation of ICCs.

AAP leader Atishi said the party had formed a four-member ICC “about 14 months ago” and had addressed complaints of harassment.

The committee includes Delhi MLA Bhavna Gaur, AAP national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon and Ashok Lote, an “external” member, apart from herself as its chairperson, she said.

“We believe political parties should have a clean, safe environment for people to work. We have far more women volunteers that other parties,” said Ms. Atishi.

Party leaders said that the ICC had recently taken up a few cases, including against prominent persons. Ms. Atishi said that in one case, the accused, an “office-bearer”, had been suspended from the party for a period of five years. She declined to give details of the case.

Before the party set up the ICC, some women social media volunteers had taken their complaint against a male social media campaigner to him about two years ago, AAP spokesperson and Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said.

He added that a three-member committee, including him, was formed to look at the allegation of harassment, which was found to be true and the campaigner was asked to end his association with the party.

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