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Internal Complaints Committee
  • Introduction
  • Committee Members
  • Activities

In response to the Vishaka Judgment passed by the Supreme Court in 1997, the University of Mumbai set up the ‘University Women Development Cell (UWDC)’ in 2001 with the key purpose of making the University a gender-sensitive space. The University also directed all its affiliated colleges to set up a ‘Women Development Cell’ at college level.

In compliance of this directive of the University, the Women Development Cell of Mithibai College was set up in the year 2004 under the chairmanship of Ms. (Prof.) Kinnari Ramanathan.  It is an active committee comprising of staff members and students of Mithibai College, and functions with an aim to prevent sexual harassment, promote well being of all the female students and staff members and create a gender sensitized community within campus as well as in the society.

According to the Supreme Court of India, the following constitutes sexual harassment:
1.Physical contact and advances
2.A demand or request for sexual favours
3.Sexually coloured remarks
4.Showing pornography
5.Any other unwelcome physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

Internal Complaints Committee:
  • Dr. Meenakshi Vaidya (Convener) (986901047)
  • Dr. Ujwala Deshmukh (986981980)
  • Dr. Mahesh Bhagwat (9820242924)
  • Ms. Bidisha Sarkar (9920012688)
  • Ms. Panna Mehta
  • Dr. Sunita Maral (9833944300)
  • Ms. Rakhi Madnani (9324007124)
  • Ms. Karuna Jaggi (9321529365)
  • Dr. MonaShah (President  Rotary Club of Juhu Beach)
  • Ms. Shalini Padhi (9820966705)
  • Ms. Vidula Sawant
  • The internal complaints committee of Mithibai College organised a talk on Teenage relations by the NGO ‘Yuva Aadhar’, which is working in the area of youth empowerment on 21st July 2016. The lecture was delivered by the founder of the NGO Mr. Aadesh Chavan and his associates. Owing to the interesting and highly relevant nature of the issue addressed, an overwhelming response from the students was received. More than 100 students from across the difRajpal Hande (Dr.)ferent faculties attended the talk with zest.
  • Principal Dr. Rajpal Shripat Hande chaired the session. He highlighted the importance of such talks for not just students who undergo hormonal changes during their teenage years but also for the teacher and parents who need to be aware of problems associated with teenage relations and their long term impact on their children’s academic, social and psychological wellbeing. He also expressed his concern for young girls who fall prey to such fragile relations quoting startling statistics from different sources. 
  • The interactive session by Mr. Chavan was an interesting balance of science and psycho-social outcomes. Quoting scientific researches on teenage relations he covered the aspects related to the reason for falling in such relations, the impact of such a relation, its failure rates, its reason for failure and the gender based difference in approaches to relationship failure. The session was highly energetic and interactive. Students found it very useful in dealing with their own and their peer’s problems of relationships. 
  • It is a very vibrant topic. Students in school and colleges are affected by so called relationship issue.It was well conducted session by Mr Aadesh Chavan. The whole session was youth focused; presentation, language and incidents narrated which today s young generation understand.
2015-16
  • A self-defence course combined with Yoga training was conducted for students and non teaching staff free of charge in the activity room of Mithibai College by WDC of Mithibai College from 4th May, 2016 to 30th May, 2016.
  • Our T.Y.B.A. student Mr. Kayzad Jokhi along with his friend Mr. Prashant Bangera worked as trainers.  The course was planned and organized by our students Mr. Kayzad Jokhi and Ms. Yashasvi Doshi.
  • Sixteen students enrolled for the course out of which eleven students completed the course.
  • Women Development Cell celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 8th March, 2016 by organizing two events, in the Foyer area near main entrance.
  • A group of  our own students along with some alumni performed a Street Play of 15 minutes duration depicting some burning issues concerning women and girls.
  • An NGO named Rural Development Trust (RDT) conducted an Interactive Balloon Activity. The NGO also distributed money collection boxes to many people for the nutrition of poor pregnant women in the trial areas.
  • Women Development Cell of Mithibai College organized a one – hour talk by an experienced and practicing gynecologist Dr. Gayatri Deshpande on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016 on ‘Polycystic Ovaries – an Enigma’.  The event was sponsored by pharmaceutical company Shield Care. Audio – Visual arrangements were done by the company.  Male and female students, teachers and non-teaching staff attended the event and found it beneficial.
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As a part of awareness towards hygiene, especially for girls, WDC of Mithibai College orgainzed a presentation on ‘Washroom Etiquettes” on 25th August, 2015 at 11.00 am in Juhu Jagruti Hall. Presentation was given by an Architech, Ms. Jabali Mehta along with Dr. Sejal Desai (Gynaechologist) and their team. Both Ms. Jabali and Dr. Sejal are our Alumni. The event was covered by The Times of India (TOI) team and they appreciated the efforts by reporting the event on 30th August, 2015 (page 5).