On the Nature and Role of the of the #Me Too Movement

On the Nature and Role of the of the #Me Too Movement
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AAMIR SUHAIL PANDITH

Eve teasing, sexual harassment, attacking and crimes against women all come under women harassment and is one of the major serious problems in the entire world. In most modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal.
To offer protection and security from such kind of harassment, a legislative ACT titled “The Sexual Harassment of women at workplace (prevention, Prohibition and redressal) ACT, 2013 came into force. The Act was meant to provide protection to women folk against sexual harassment of women at workplace and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment.
The protection against sexual harassment and the right to work with dignity are universally recognized human rights by international conventions on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, which has been ratified on the 25th June, 1993 by the Government of India and it is expedient to make provisions for giving effect to the said convention for protection of women against sexual harassment at workplace.
But, in practice, the Government is unaware about the fact that the social life of a women is getting worse day by day and this is the main threat to disintegrate the society in all respects.
Though sexual harassment at workplace has serious proportions, women do not report the matter to the concerned authority in most cases due to fear of reprisal from the harasser, losing one’s livelihood, being stigmatized or loosing professional standing and personal reputation.
Recently, women supported a movement called “The Hashtag Me too” Movement (#Metoo) came into being. It is a movement against sexual assault of women, especially at workplace. It spread quickly in October, 2017 as a hashtag used on social media for the purpose to display the widespread occurrence of sexual assault, especially at the workplace. The movement emerged as a question mark to the Act passed by the Government.
The movement emerged to provide safeguard to women at workplace, so that they can compete with rest of the society without any fear and hesitation.
Many celebrities and politicians became targets of the said movement and I think nowadays men are scared of not even for look towards women. This is because of #ME too.
This movement gave women hope for justice for which they were waiting from years. Now, a woman, to a large extent can work without any fear of harassment or eve teasing.
The full scale of the problem is not known given the difficulties in documenting the experiencing of those, who have experienced workplace sexual harassment. India is considered as the most dangerous nation for sexual violence against women (a survey of 550 experts on women’s issues). Women are and were used to harass from decades in one way or the other, but they were not supported by anybody at any time at any cost. They are all the time victims

—The author can be reached at: bt.aamir@gmail.com

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