In what is definitely welcomed news, the University Grants Commission (UGC) launched new regulations which allow male students to file cases of sexual harassment against men, women and transgender people.
The UGC recently told higher education institutes ‘act decisively against all gender based violence perpetrated against employees and students of all sexes recognising that primarily women employees and students and some male students and students of the third gender are vulnerable to many forms of sexual harassment and humiliation and exploitation’. Delving further into some of the intricate details of the regulation reveals the procedure to file complaints, here are some of the finer points –
- The victim must file a complaint with the internal complaints committee (of their university) within 3 months of the incident, notwithstanding any major illness which prevented them from doing so
- Alternately a third party can also file a complaint for the victim. This can be a family member, friend, colleague, classmate or any other associate. They can file the complaint if the victim is unable to do so due to “physical or mental incapacity or death”
- The internal complaints committee must complete their investigation within 90 days and authorities must take action 30 days after receiving this report.
- If found guilty a student will be expelled and teachers will be liable and processed according to service rules.
Now I know what you’re thinking shouldn’t this law have always been there? Well sadly the matter of men getting sexually harassed has been long overlooked, due to a number of reasons including the fact that people assume men don’t get harassed sexually. This is partly because men mostly don’t file complaints for sexual harassment out of fear of being ridiculed by society (Because apparently it’s not manly to be sexually assaulted). This law will hopefully serve as a stepping stone for removing the stigma around the issue.
“If you believe men and women should have equal rights that makes you a feminist. That’s it. There’s nothing else.” – Tanmay Bhat
In a video that has gone viral, Tanmay Bhat of AIB fame, rants about feminism or rather how it is being perceived in the public domain. For the most part he makes some great points including his definition of feminism – Any person who believes in equal rights for both genders is a feminist. I couldn’t agree more. According to me, this rant by Mr Bhat, was directed towards women more than men. It was focused on taking the focus of feminism away from the more extreme faction of self – proclaimed feminists or ‘Feminazis’ as they are popularly known and to instead realize that we all want the same thing – equality.
I really enjoyed this video and don’t think that any man should be offended by this. He puts forward a very basic and correct hypothesis. So more power to you Tanmay! Keep fighting the good fight for gender equality and we’ll do the same.
So what did you think? Do you agree with Tanmay Bhat? Disagree? Or Agree on just some points? Let us know in the comments below
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Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are probably two of the most popular names in Indian cinema. Actually scratch that they are probably among the two most popular Indian stars globally. I mean Deepika is set to do a Hollywood film with Vin Diesel. Priyanka already has a hit show and moderately successful album in the US. There is no denying the success of either woman. In fact, in a sense I idolize both of them for their hard work, charisma and talent. But what I don’t agree with, idolize or even accept are their populist views on feminism and men.
In an interview published recently, Priyanka Chopra opened about several things including her views on babies and infidelity. On Babies she said “I don’t need a guy for anything else except for children. I buy my own diamonds. I don’t need anyone else to buy them for me.” If you’re going WTF after that, read what she said she’d do if a man cheated on her “I will beat the shit out of him. I am very violent that way. There’s no scope for infidelity and I will not tolerate it.” Now guys if you have seen Priyanka in Mary Kom you’d know that this is in fact a scary statement. While the former Miss World quickly addressed the topic on Twitter with a tweet.
It still does little to underplay the fact that she shouldn’t have made this statement at all. She might not have meant to attack men, but it sure seemed that way. She is a national icon, a recent Padma shri winner, an idol for young women across the country. She is all these things and rightfully so, but given her position she has to be careful about what she says because her audience also has impressionable young women who may try to take inspiration from this. While people might say I am overreacting a bit, how can one line by a celebrity affect a whole nation’s notion on feminism? It’s not one opinion, that’s how it starts. It’s these everyday statements that men and women both make that overtime become stereotypes or values for society. Plus it’s not like Priyanka Chopra is the only celebrity who has gone too far in the name of ‘Feminism’.
Remember Deepika Padukone’s women empowerment video ‘My Choice’. It is actually quite the artistically made video and it really does have some nice views about how women have a right on what to wear and on body issues. However one statement stood out for anyone watching “It’s my choice to have sex before marriage, to have sex outside of marriage…” Pretty messed up right? The message that most people got from this video was that it’s ok from women to have sex outside of marriage. Everyone ignoring all the good things the video spoke off, because of one poorly chosen sentence. Of course like Priyanka, Deepika immediately came out with a statement, refuting the fact that she supports infidelity.
Both women didn’t mean harm, but as celebrities they have a duty to set an example. Gender relations in India are at a crossroads. While women empowerment is the need of the hour, this should be done at cost of putting down the male gender. Our celebrities have the power to make a real difference in getting us a step closer to gender equality, but as Uncle Ben once told Spiderman so rightly “With great power comes great responsibility”.
Feminism in India has picked up a lot of momentum in the last few years which could have been a good thing. Except unfortunately, with many women it has taken the wrong form, male bashing. Male bashing is basically sexism against men and blaming men for everything that is wrong from global warming to their cars breaking down. It does nothing for gender relations as it leads to constant discontent between the two. While I do believe feminism in its purest form is a good thing (it believes in equality of genders) I find it painful to deal with extremist feminists or Feminazis as they are called. Don’t hate on either gender! Jesting and making fun of each other is all good but both sides often take it too far.
While I doubt this mindset will change anytime soon, this video I stumbled upon shows some honest/funny reactions of men hearing some very strong anti-male quotes. Which will give you a good laugh. Hopefully women will see the funny side to this video too.
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