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BCCI's new amendment to POSH policy brings Indian players under it's ambit.

Legal Correspondent: Samiksha Anil Malvade

20th September 2021 : The new changes made in the Prevention Of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Policy by the BCCI will finally give Indian Cricket Teams a specific policy to handle situations of sexual harassment. The policy will not only apply to cricketers (under-16 to senior), but also administrative staff, members of the highest BCCI council and the BCCI governing council. Additionally, in a nine-page document, the BCCI has stated that 4 person team will be formed to deal with and investigate sexual harassment complaints. However, the BCCI has not named these 4 people during their recent council meets.

The Presiding Officer of said team will be a woman employed at a senior level, rest of the two members of three will be selected from the employees, preferably those having a strong commitment towards female empowerment and women causes, some knowledge of social work or legal experience . The third member will be picked from a NGO (non-governmental organization) that is associated with causes related to the betterment of women and is aware of the issues/problems women face in regards to sexual harassment. Furthermore, one half of the 4 person team will be female/women.

These changes in the BCCI policy are in complete compliance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and in particular focuses on the formation of the IC (internal committee) and its constituents. It lays down the basic guidelines for the IC formation, and defines their functionality whilst emphasizing on the rules and regulations.


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