The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed strong reservations against the act of sexual harassment and is extremely determined to lay down laws and rules that fittingly punish whomsoever is found the offender and is caught disrespecting the women in any which way.
The game's world governing body is set to discuss the all-important social issue with various Test playing nations' chief executives on Wednesday (October 17) during its four-day annual meeting.
It is likely that all players, coaches, team officials, journalists, and vendors accused of sexual misconduct will be kept out of the ICC events, including World Cup and U-19 events.
A few days back, the BCCI’s CEO, Rahul Johri, was accused of a similar misconduct in his previous job in an anonymous online post. The board responded by asking for an explanation from Johri and subsequently, removed his name as the board’s representative for ICC’s Singapore meet.
An ICC source has said that it is Johri's incident which forced the ICC governing council to come up with the proposal to deal with sexual harassment.
"Making workplace free of sexual harassment is the sole intention, the policy we are proposing to put in place includes the rights of the women working in the ICC events," the source was quoted saying, "For instance, if a woman journalist is harassed during an ICC event, she will have prompt, easy and confidential process to lodge a complaint. It’s for everyone involved to declare that cricket will not tolerate sexual harassment."
“We aim to have better protection for children and adult participants. The players will be required to come up with better behaviour off the field as well,” it added.
(Inputs from Mumbai Mirror)