PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE AND FOR PROTECTION AND REDRESSAL OF COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

ASA International India Microfinance Ltd. (“ASAI India”) is committed to provide a work environment that ensures every employee is treated with dignity and respect and afforded equitable treatment and to promote a work environment that is conducive to the professional growth of its employees and encourages equality of opportunity. ASAI India will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment and is committed to take all necessary steps to ensure that its women employees are not subjected to any form of harassment.

 

ASAI India has zero tolerance for any sort of misbehavior with the employees of the Company.

 

ASAI India has framed a policy for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace which seeks  to  educate  all  persons  employed  or  engaged  by  the Company  on  what  conduct  constitutes  sexual  harassment,  the  ways  and  means  to  prevent occurrence  of  such  conduct,  redressal  mechanism  in  the  event  of  occurrence  of  sexual harassment and the consequences of the same.

 

“Sexual  Harassment” means and includes  any  one  or  more  of  the  following  unwelcome  act  or  behavior (Whether directly or by implication) such as:

  • physical contact and advances;
  • a demand or request for sexual favors;
  • making sexually colored remarks;
  • showing pornography; or
  • Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.
  • implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in her employment;
  • implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in her employment;
  • implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status;
  • interference with  her  work  or creating  an  intimidating  or  offensive  or  hostile  work environment;
  • humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety; and
  • eve teasing, innuendos and taunts, physical confinement against one’s Will and likely to intrude upon one’s privacy.

 

The Company has constituted the Internal Complaints Committees named as Committee for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace (“CPSHW”) of the following members to investigate and redress sexual harassment complaints and to ensure time bound treatment of such complaints:

  • Dolly Guha Independent Director
  • Saibal Kumar Mitra Head – Finance & Treasury
  • Ajoy Mukherjee Vigilance In-Charge
  • Madhumita Pramanik Company Secretary

 

Any aggrieved women who are being sexually harassed directly or indirectly may make a complaint, in writing, of the incident to the incident to the committee within 90 days from the date of occurrence of the incident. A complaint must specify the nature of charge. The charge should include date and time of specific event(s), names of witnesses and any evidence that support the allegations.

 

Where  allegations  of  sexual  harassment  are  established,  the  Committee  shall  decide  upon  the disciplinary action/punishment to be given to the Respondent. The Committee shall record its reasons in writing. The actions that may be recommended by the Committee include:

  • Warning
  • Written apology
  • Reprimand or censure
  • Debarring from supervisory duties
  • Stopping of increments/promotion
  • Demotion in designation
  • Deduction/payment of  such  compensation  as  the  ICC  may  consider  appropriate  to  be paid to the Aggrieved Woman or to his/her legal heirs
  • Suspension/dismissal from the service
  • Undergoing counseling session
  • Carrying out community service
  • Any other action that the ICC may deem fit.

 

Aggrieved employee can contact any member of the committee at the following contact numbers:

 

  • Dolly Guha +91-9830007325
  • Saibal Kumar Mitra +91-9836276555
  • Ajoy Mukherjee +91-8336904209
  • Madhumita Pramanik +91-8336936205

 

or email at cpshw@asaindiamf.com or write to us at CPSHW Committee, ASA International India Microfinance Ltd, Victoria Park, 4th Floor, GN – 37/2, Sector – V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700091, West Bengal for complaints or any query.

 

 

 

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