Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in the Secretariat of the Council.

Constitution of ICC for considering complaints of sexual harassment of women employees.

In compliance with the instructions of National Commission for Women and guidelines issued to implement the directives of Hon'ble Supreme Court Judgment dated 13th August, 1997 in the case of Visakha and others vs. State of Rajasthan and Others on the subject of sexual harassment of women in the workplace, Press Council of India has duly constituted a Internal Complaints Committee for considering complaints of sexual harassment of women at workplace in the Secretariat of the Council.

The Composition of Internal Complaints Committee

S. No. Name and Designation Nominated As Phone No. Email Id
1. Smt. Sonia Malhotra, Deputy Secretary Chairperson 011-24366747 Ext.101
2. Shri J. Shailendar, Under Secretary Member 011-24366747 Ext.103
3. Smt.  Nishi Wadhawa, Assistant Director (Official Language) Member 011-24366747 Ext.325
4. Smt. Sudha Prabhakar, Under Secretary Member 011-24366747 Ext.332
5. Outside Expert - - -

Complaint procedure:

Complaint regarding Sexual Harassment against women can be made either in paper form or by sending e-mail to Aggrieved women employee can make written complaint of sexual harassment at workplace to the ICC of PCI within a period of three months from the date of incident and in case of a series of incidents, within a period of three months from the date of last incident. In case the aggrieved woman is unable to make a complaint on account of her physical incapacity, a complaint may be filed inter alia by her relative or friend or her co-worker or an officer of the National Commission for Woman or State Women's Commission or any person who has knowledge of the incident, with the written consent of the aggrieved woman.

Online complaint Management Systems (She-Box)

Ministry of Women & Child Development has also launched an online complaint management system titled Sexual Harassment electronic -Box (She-Box) on 24th July, 2017 for registering complaints related to Sexual Harassment at workplace. The She-Box is an initiative to provide a platform to the women working or visiting any office of Central Government (Central Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies and Institutions etc.) to file complaints related to Sexual Harassment at workplace under the Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Once a complaint is submitted to She-Box, it will be directly sent to the Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) of the concerned Ministry/ Department/ PSU/ Autonomous Body etc. having jurisdiction to inquire into the complaint. The She-Box also provides an opportunity to both the complainant and nodal administrative authority to monitor the progress of inquiry conducted by the ICCs.

Hence, the aggrieved women employee of PCI can also use the She-Box portal for filing complaints related to Sexual Harassment at PCI by using the following link:

The details with regard to the relevant Act & Rules, Role, Functions etc. of ICC are given below for reference:

S. No. Title Document Type Details
1. Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace(Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act and Rule 2013 Download
2. Handbook on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Download
3. Composition of Internal Complaints Committee-Department of Press Council of India along with Contact details Download
4. DoP&T O.M. dated 01st November, 2017 regarding Online Complaint Management system titled “Sexual Harassment electronic box (SHe-box)” Download

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