Under the anti-sexual harassment law of 2013, every workspace must follow the guidelines mentioned under this law. You may read more about the law here. One of the guidelines mentioned in this law is constituting an Internal Complaints Committee with one external member. This committee requires at least three individuals from the organization and an external expert member. The power and duties of this committee is compared to that of a civil court. While the committee members are required to undergo training sessions to understand the legal, technical and procedural elements of this position, it is usually the external expert member who should ideally shoulder the responsibility of training the rest of the committee members. This external member is required to be an expert in this law and will be advising the organization in implementation and carrying out necessary activities as prescribed under the law.
Currently the organizations are seeking out legal and NGO professionals to take charge of these responsibilities. However, these professionals come with their own areas of expertise and set of limitations that have one or more of the element missing to understand the full scope of their role as an external expert member. This program has been designed keeping in mind the gaps that are currently faced by potential external members and also preparing other professionals such as Human Resource, Consultants, lawyers, NGO workers, management professionals, CA and CS to advise organizations to implement this law in its complete essence and build safe workplaces.