New Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday approved the Comprehensive Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH), which will also cover Indian cricketers. Till now BCCI did not have any specific policy to deal with cases of sexual harassment. This policy will be applicable to the senior to under-16 level cricketers apart from the office bearers, members of the Apex Council and IPL Governing Council. A copy of this nine-page document is also with PTI, in which the BCCI has said that a four-member internal committee will be formed to investigate complaints of sexual harassment. However, its members were not decided during the apex council meeting on Monday.
As per the policy, “The internal committee should be headed by a woman who is appointed at the senior level at her workplace.” “Two members of the internal committee will be selected from amongst the employees, giving preference to those who are committed to women’s rights or have social work experience or legal knowledge,” it said.
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According to it, “one member of the internal committee shall be elected from an NGO or such association which works for the rights of women or has knowledge of issues relating to sexual harassment (external member).” At least half of the internal committee members should be women.
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The complainant has to file the complaint within three months of the incident and the internal committee will give seven working days to the accused to respond to the allegations. The internal committee will get 90 days from the day of the complaint to complete its investigation and submit its recommendation to the BCCI, which will take action within 60 days. If the complainant or the accused is not satisfied with the decision of the BCCI, then they can approach the court.
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