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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) introduced a detailed policy on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) for the first time ever in Indian cricket, on September 16, Saturday. According to the document released on the BCCI website, the POSH policy is framed as required under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

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The governing body for cricket in India has also formed an “Internal Complaints Committee,” comprising four members to promptly and thoroughly inquire into the complaints of sexual harassment. It includes Ms. Rupawati Rao as the Presiding Officer, Ms Usha Devendra Andewar as the external member, Mr Abey Kuruvilla as the member, and Mr Gaurav Saxena as the other member.

The applicability of the POSH policy as per the BCCI will be on its administrators, employees, players, commentators, team officials, match officials, production crew, state association personnel, and BCCI personnel. The document for the POSH policy reads, “A complaint can be filed under the Policy by any BCCI Personnel who is a woman/man/third gender, who experiences sexual harassment at the Workplace (as defined hereinafter) of the BCCI”.

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The punishment for sexual harassment as per the POSH policy includes, “(a) Censure; (b) Counselling; (c) Carrying out community service; (d) Warning; (e) Fine, compensation; (f) Loss of pay; (g) Loss of seniority; (h) Withholding of promotion or pay rise/increments;  (i) Termination of contract/employment with or without notice or compensation in lieu of notice; (j) Written apology,” and more.