Tamil Nadu

Vishaka panel formed in Police Department

The police department has formed a committee to enquire into complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace and redress the grievances of such victims.

The committee had been formed in compliance with the Vishaka guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court, sources in the police headquarters said on Sunday.

According to police sources, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) and Director of the Tamil Nadu State Crime Records Bureau Seema Agarwal; ADGP S. Arunachalam; Deputy Inspector General of Police Thenmozhi; Superintendent of Police (retired) Saraswathi; and a serving administrative officer in the office of the DGP had been named as members of the committee.

Rumours scotched

The formation of the much-talked about committee has come amidst rumours that a woman Superintendent of Police had lodged a complaint accusing a senior police officer of harassing her.

However, top sources in the Police Department said that no such complaint had been referred to any agency for investigation.

The Union government had also passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, to protect women from sexual harassment at their place of work.

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