Following the Tarun J. Tejpal meltdown at Tehelka, media organisations are scrambling to put in place in-house mechanisms as mandated by law to deal with potentially similar incidents.
As of today, 1 December 2013, The Hindu, which has a woman Editor at its helm in Malini Parthasarathy, has constituted internal complaints commissions in its offices to deal with sexual harassment.
A six-page document accompanying the announcement defines sexual harassment as:
# Physical contact and advances, or
# A demand or request for sexual favours, or
# Sexually coloured remarks, or
# Showing pornography, or
# Any other unwelcome physical, verbal, non-verbal conduct of sexual nature
Can a policy to deal with complaints of sexual harassment be termed ” sexual harassment policy ” as the company Notice suggests ?
This is what The Hindu’s English has descended to nowadays!