Predatory Harassment of Women an Abominable Crime

Predatory Harassment of Women an Abominable Crime

A young woman at the prime of her life took away her life. The woman – an employee of the HDFC bank- left a suicide note accusing her boss of harassment and thus forcing her to tragically end her life. The details of this tragic and horrific accident are sketchy but if the premise for the young woman’s suicide is taken at face value, it could be assumed or even inferred that the woman must have been put through such an ordeal that she took the extreme step. This is one incident that has come to light; undoubtedly, there must be many more that don’t see the light the day. The nature of these incidents- including the young woman’s odyssey and the tragic end to her life- pertains , generally speaking, to harassment of a sexual nature. Kashmiri women, by and large, being Kashmiri women and living in a culture of shame , probably avoid either confronting their tormentors or report these cases to their families or even the police for fear of embarrassment and bringing a bad reputation to their families. It is this fact that emboldens perverse tormentors. In the nature of a very serious issue, what are possible solutions that can prevent recurrence of these incidents? One easy answer is devise tough laws and rules and robust execution of these. But, in the final analysis, these might not entirely suffice. Consider a hypothetical example. A lady at her work place would or could be coerced b her boss and the victim would not report or confront for fear of being sacked or demoted or isolated. Similarly, a female student might bear sexual torment because of fear of being failed. What then is the answer to these predator crimes? One solution is direct confrontation with the predators. But this raises obvious issues and other complications. The other is immediately report sexual predation to family which can then take the issue to the police. The police, in turn, must ensure probity , determination and clarity in dealing with these cases. After due diligence and fair investigation, the predators must be bought to the book and dealt with firmly. Last but not the least, in this day of technology, sexual predators can be or must be named and shamed on social media. This social crime which creates scars and traumas for life and , in extreme, cases , exacts the lives of victims as in the case in contention here warrants serious social, individual and legal attention. Let the process begin now!

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