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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 (formerly WOMEN'S Development Cell )
  • Dr. Ujwala deshmukh (Convenor)( 9869819804)
  • Dr. Shweta Salian Co-convenor) ( 9820038126)
  • Mr. Gopal Mantri
  • Dr. Shailaja Nair
  • Dr. Kashmira Patel
  • Dr. Vishakha Shingala
  • Ms. Archana Mainkar
  • Ms. Pranali Dhanu
  • Ms. Arsia Virjee ( Student of MA English )
1.Internal complaints Committee has initiated  a Gender Audit for last five years.
2.SVKM'S Mithibai College’s Internal complaints committee organized a three day long workshop on self defense for girl students from January 22-24,2020 in the college premises.
The session was conducted by Mr. Nirupal Gharat who is a pioneer in the field of Boxing and  has been working with BOXING FEDERATION OF INDIA which is a National Sports Federation.
On the first day of the session, he explained in detail about the meaning and significance of self defense and said that Mind over Matter, Self Preservation, Awareness of the surroundings and many such things are important in self defense.He also demonstrated to the girls some basic kicks and punches.
The second day of the session involved discussions about the major weak points of the attacker,to put him in distress when you are in danger. Mr. Nirupal made the girls think about  situations that could arise in front of them and guided them on how to tackle it for their defense and how one could free themselves from the attacker's hold.
On the last day of the session, he taught the girls various self defense techniques like chops,block, lock and kicks. He also made them improvise a role play as the attacker and defender which gave them a more in depth understanding of the self defense techniques.
The session was a  successful one as the girls felt more confident and empowered and thanked the college for arranging such an enlightening session and requested them for organising more such events related to boxing and self defense.
Convenor of the event, Dr Ujwala Deshmukh said,” The response has been overwhelming with 67 students participating.”
Principal Dr Rajpal Hande said, “Crimes against women are on an increase and women need to learn self defence techniques to face undesirable situations.”
Women’s Day 2019
On the 8th of March, 2019, Women’s day, the Internal Complaints Committee organized an inspiring talk by Ms. Madhuvanti Date, faculty of SVKM’s Usha Pravin Gandhi  College of ……………………..
It was a session that many of us will remember for a long time. Ms. Date is a cancer survivor and spoke from her heart about her experiences, the initial denial, ‘why me’ period (which she later changed to ‘try me’ – a challenge to cancer), acceptance of the situation, taking one step at a time and ‘charging her battery’ each minute in her own words. She realized that being strong and having a positive attitude was her only choice. She held the attention of the audience with her story about how a combination of being strong and happy helped her take the cancer head on. She decided to befriend the otherwise-scary chemotherapy and radiation sessions, lived in the present, removed the ‘if-only’, and reaped the benefits of gratitude and ‘happitude’.
Her belief in affirmations, yoga, meditation, believing in the power of self, positive visualizations, blocking the mental chatter and feeling of abundance, along with regular health checkups and nutrition care helped her tide over the challenging period. The audience re-learnt the value of each healthy day and realized that challenges can be conquered with positivity.
  • The committee has initiated for Gender Audit Report for last five years