POSH Compliance: Sports Institutes, Game Venues to Establish ICC

In a judgment dated October 19, 2023, the Supreme Court issued directions to sports institutes, stadiums, sports complexes or competition or games venues as defined under Section 2(o)(iv) of the Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, to establish Internal Complaints Committees (ICCs).[1]

The petitioner filed the present petition before the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Centre and States to take steps in the implementation of the provisions of the 2013 Act and the rules made thereunder.

Subsequently, the Court issued a number of directions pertaining to the appointment of district officers, amendment of rules, conducting training sessions, etc. Additionally, the Court ordered the “hospitals, nursing homes, sports institutes, stadiums, sports complexes, or competition or games venues [as defined in Section 2(o)(iii) and (iv)] to establish ICs, and report compliance as per the duties under this Act.

It was also specified that the district officer should be provided with a list of organisations covered under Section 2(o) to ensure that such organisations were made aware of their responsibilities under the Act. This is expected to facilitate the setting up of ICCs, the submission of annual reports by the committees, etc.

The matter will be heard in the first week of February 2024.

[1] Initiatives for Inclusion Foundation & Anr. vs. Union of India & Ors. [WP(C) No.1224 of 2017]