Defiant JNU holds GSCASH Elections: Bhupali Magare of BAPSA emerges victor

The Jawaharlal Nehru University GSCASH Election Commission has declared that Bhupali Magare of Birsa Ambedkar Phule Student Assocaition has been elected as the student representative with 1300 votes out of 2366 ballots. The counting took place overnight.

Elections to the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) was held by the student-constituted Election Commission despite the administration declaring the GSCASH as non-existent and replacing it by an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), constituted under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

The GSCASH in JNU was constituted under the Vishakha guidelines in 1999. The members to GSCASH are elected. The members to the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) on the other hand are selected by the university administration. Students feel that this will be detrimental to the interests of students as it is a complete opposite to the autonomous nature and functioning of the GSCASH.
The present GSCASH is in synchronization with the UGC-Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (SHW) Regulations which talk about constitution and functioning of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC).The UGC-SHW Regulationdoesn’t state that the ICC must replace the existing GSCASH. The regulations only specify the need for minimum standards.