Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment include a refers to any sort of sexual behaviour that is unsolicited, overawed, abhorrent, disrespectful and humiliating. It took over decades for people to recognize sexual harassment as a real serious issue. However, it is still overlooked in the rural areas.

It is not just a single form. Any way of unwanted touch, grab or attempt to make physical contract without one’s consent, all are considered as inappropriate behaviour. Even staring and leering, someone asking for sexual favours and display of offensive and rude material by the perpetrator for others to see it also counts in. Another form may include cracking of sexual jokes and comments and making of sexual signs or gestures towards oneself. It is unacceptable for an individual to question oneself about their sexual life or humiliate oneself by absurd sexual remarks. Further, the sexual harassment also counts in indecently exposing of oneself or making salacious phone calls. Any of such form of sexual harassment is against the law.

Such inappropriate behaviour turns out to be much fatal. Sexual harassment leaves a deep impact on oneself. At times, the victims are so much stressed out that they even suffer from depression or anxiety. Apart from these, the victims often suffer by several significant psychological effects such as sleeping disorder, headaches, sexual dysfunction, plunked self esteem and many more. Furthermore, it can also cause them to withdraw from social situations. As a result, the victim starts loosing confidence and pride.

In this world, none deserves to be ill treated or be victim to any form of inappropriate behaviour and this implies to both men and women. Each and every individual has the right to live a life free from bullying, any sort of discrimination or harassment. Therefore, sexual harassment is illegal. As mentioned in Section 354 (A) of the Indian Penal Code-“A man committing any physical contact, advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures; or demanding or requesting sexual favours; or showing pornography against the will of a woman; or making sexually coloured remarks, shall be guilty of the offence of sexual harassment. It entails a punishment of rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years.”

It is essential to notice the signs or gestures if oneself feels that someone is harassing them sexually. One of such significant sign is if oneself feels uncomfortable and experience any unwelcomed physical contact. One must keep themselves updated with the policies and procedures against sexual harassment. If anyone unfortunately comes out to be a victim, then that person should try to get external information and acquire advice from people who can help them in filing a lawsuit. Similarily, one must make sure to save any evidence they get which would help them with their complaint. Likewise, one must never deal with it alone, rather try to share it with closed ones to lighten the burden.

To conclude, sexual harassment took a long time to be recognized as a real issue but now ii is no more un acknowledged. Thus, it is necessary to take effective measures against such practice and try to prevent the fatal damage that it causes to the victims. People need to understand that if someone says no it means no. However, if an individual’s no does not have any impact and is continued being subjected to sexual jokes then, its high time to realize that he/she is being sexually harassed. Therefore, it is essential to help out those who are being victim to such harassments and make the perpetrator liable for their repulsive act.

“It’s not consent if you make me afraid to say NO”

-Anonymous