Remember, this is not exhaustive:
It can be in written form - letter, email, SMS
It can be visual - gestures, pornography
It can be physical - inappropriate touching, preventing your movement, stalking.
A text message with inappropriate content is not the only definitive indicator of harassment.
It can be different gestures, brought under the umbrella of making a woman feel violated, that leads to an unsafe workplace.
The time for the internal complaints committee to finish the investigation - 90 days
Time for the report to be submitted after the investigation is complete - 10 days
Time for the any appeal from the decision of the committee's conclusions - 90 days
So it's important to know what the Act provides for in terms of timelines.
1. If you are the person who has complained, you are entitled to a copy of the report and a notice/ intimation about all the hearings.
If they haven't given you a copy of the report, insist upon the same.
3. Your remedies under criminal law are not exhausted because you have complained under this Act. You can proceed through other routes as well.
If the complaint is false or if false evidence has been provided, the committee will conduct another investigation in this regard, and hold the complainant guilty if the investigation reveals a false complaint has been made.
Don't be afraid that this will be used against you simply because you don't have enough evidence
- try to ensure all the communication with the ICC / employer regarding the complaint is in writing or through e-mail
- ask for the sexual harassment policy at your workplace, as well as names of the members of the ICC
This is the broad outline, and not exhaustive. I understand there will be different circumstances surrounding these complaints.
Hope none of you are ever in a position where you have to use this, but if ever you are, I hope this helps you a little bit.