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Q: The law prescribes
that every organization adopt the code but how
do we go about doing it?
A: Step by step instructions on how to
comply with the law. (see
Q: For public sector organizations, what
level should an inquiry committee cater to?
A: The Federal and Provincial Ministries
will have their own committees, each department,
semi-autonomous and autonomous bodies a linked
to a ministry should have their own committee.
The Ministries plus departments can decide to
have the committees at the district level if
The Ministry of Education will send instructions
to each educational institution under it to form
their own committee; similarly the Ministry of
Health will have a committee constituted at
every hospital plus medical facility under it.
Q: What if an organization cannot
identify three people for the Inquiry Committee?
A: The management can always co-opt one
or more members from outside the organization.
This could be from any civil society
organization, union councillor or any other
respectable community member.
Q: What if a complainant doesn’t trust
the committee members or the management?
A: In such circumstances a complainant
can directly go to an Ombudsperson (to be set up
soon by the Federal and Provincial Governments).
Q: What if a Complainant is lying?
A: If the Inquiry Committee decides in
favour of the alleged harasser it doesn’t mean
that complainant is lying and this alone should
not constitute mala fide intentions. There has
to be clear evidence of fabrications with the
intentions of defaming the other in order for it
to be considered mala fide. In that case the
management should refer the case, with evidence,
to the Ombudsperson.
Q: Is it necessary for small organization
also to adopt the code?
A: Even though the law does not specify
any minimum number of employees that is required
to adopt the code, however smaller organizations
can adopt a simplified version of this code
given on the “Home”
page of AASHA’s
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