The ‘She (Sexual Harassment Electronic) Box’ which was inaugurated on January 24 on the occasion of ‘National Girl Child Day’ with much fanfare can be cited as another Government initiative which has failed to yield the desired result. The inauguration of both panic button and she box had grabbed headlines for a day. However, both seem to have fizzled out for the lack of the expected volume of response from the sections they are meant for.
Notably, they are meant to ensure safety and empowerment of the women in the State.
She Box is an online portal which is meant to solve the problems of the women. If any girl or woman in any part of the State faces any kind of harassment, she can register her complaint on the portal online. District magistrates have been made the nodal officers of the portals. It was also stated that if any complaint was not resolved in a period of 90 days at the district level, the complaint would be handled thereafter by the state committee. The complainant can also see the progress of the complaint online.
However, as per the information received from the officers concerned, just one complaint has been filed so far. The single complaint was also regarding some other issues which was transferred by the official to the department concerned.
Queried over the matter, the State project officer of women empowerment and child development commission Arti Balodi said, “We have just received one complaint on the online portal She Box. Though it was not about what it is meant for, it was forwarded to the department concerned promtly. This means two things-the volume of crime against the women in the State is not much, which if true, is a very good thing and lack of awareness about the online portal. There are still women and girls who choose to remain quiet even if they are facing something. They fear if the crimes are made public they would lead to greater crimes against them. Awareness among women is very important. Once they learn to stand for their rights, it would lead to their empowerment.”