Safety of women employees responsibility of employer: Deswal

Deswal said that every cab deployed to carry women employees should be fitted with GPS system so that their movement can be tracked.

Gurgaon: Police Commissioner S S
Deswal Wednesday said the safety of women employees is the prime
responsibility of their employers who should take steps to
ensure the security of the women who work for them, especially
during the odd hours.

In a letter sent to all BPOs in the city, Deswal directed
them to have a dedicated control room with emergency numbers
operational round the clock so that the employees can call in
case of any untoward incident.

Every cab deployed to carry women employees should be
fitted with GPS system so that their movement can be tracked,
and the cabs should not have black film or tinted glasses, he
said in the letter stating the directives.

An extra dedicated cab should also be deployed round the
clock which can be used in case of emergency, he told the

Drivers and security guards should be experienced and
have proper identity cards and they should have been verified
by the transport and security agencies which deploy them.

The police commissioner said the transporter should pick
up the women employees from the door steps and while dropping
them should ensure that they enter their homes safely.

A security guard must accompany the woman employee to her
house if the path to her residence is not motorable.

The employees should be informed about the vehicle
number, name of driver and the security guard in the vehicle,
the letter stated, adding, a sticker displaying the name of
the employer and his telephone number should be prominently
displayed in the cabs.

The police commissioner said companies must maintain a
database of all its employees and the police should be able to
access that database at any time.

A team should be constituted for conducting surprise
checks to ensure that security measures are being adhered to
by the drivers and guards.

In case of non-compliance, a clause of heavy fine should
be there in the contract with the transporter and security
agencies, Deswal said.

He said the employer who has women employees working
during night shifts should prevent and deter any sexual
harassment and provide procedures to resolve, settle or
prosecute any such act.

The employer should maintain a complaint mechanism,
including a complaint committee headed by a woman and half of
the members should be women, he said.

Deswal also said woman employees should be employed only
in batches, of not less than 10 or not less than two-thirds of
the total night shifts strength.

Besides, separate work sheds, canteen facilities and
all-women transport facilities should be provided, he said.