Harassment at work place

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After a day full of work at office, women plans to finally go home and have a peaceful dinner with her family and a sound sleep, this is the ultimate wish of working women. However, struggling hard the whole day with work is not just enough for her, she even has to struggle hard or sometimes worst to reach her home. The whole way she keeps on praying for her safety. No one trusts on, not even on her driver or her colleagues.

Not just the way to home, many girls even face harassment even at their work place. Eight out of ten women are suffering from sexual harassment at their work place and very rare out of then come to notice of news, media, elders and others. Sometime her male colleagues watch her with lusty eyes and sometimes her boss who tries to rape her.

Unwelcome sexually determined behavior as physical contact and advances, sexually colored remarks, showing pornography and sexual demands, whether by words or actions.  Such conduct can be humiliating and may constitute a health and safety problem; it is discriminatory when the woman has reasonable ground to believe that her objection would disadvantage her in connection with her employment, including recruitment or promotion, or when it creates a hostile working environment. In such a condition it becomes really difficult for a women to work efficiently in her work place.

 

It kills her from inside every time when her superior tries to touch her body. She tries to ignore and gulp everything she faces everyday and visits her home with face full of smile; she talks to her family in normal way and tries making herself believe that it was a nightmare. Is it that easy for a woman to forgive than man and forget all her pain which he gave to her? No, she silently goes to her bed and weeps the whole night and the next day she wakes up in a heavy head, spoiled eye makeup yet she stands up  again goes out to her work place risking her safety.

So are these women fool to stay silent?

Not actually! These women are not to be blamed; rather we should blame the society. Rape is the only crime where the victim is held responsible and this is the major reason why many girls don’t come up to file a case and punish the one ones who are responsible. Rape is the highly inflated crime in India, in every 3minute at girl is been raped somewhere. Some girls are even brutally murdered after rape and the ones left alive are more badly killed by the society. We believe it or not, every time when an unfortunate event takes place with the girl, the first person to be blamed upon is the girl herself. She wears short cloths, she has too many guy friends, and she comes home late night and numerous such silly reasons. the fact is even an eve tease can deeply get carved in a girl’s mind and rape is a really big thing for her, it’s the high time when she starves for mental support and controversy in society and media can really spoil up everything and she will soon die from inside.

 

What if they tell about harassment to their parents?

This fact is really astonishing that most of the parents will believe in escaping from the situation rather than facing it and fighting for justice of their daughter. Sexual assaults at the working place are the only reason parents have to rethink before sending their girl out for higher studies and good jobs.

 

Hence, a girl back outs and surrenders the case and this give a golden opportunity to her culprits to exploit her more. Women’s helplessness is always a plus point for her culprits.

 

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is a legislative act in India that seeks to protect women from sexual harassment at their place of work. It was passed by the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) on 3 September 2012. It was passed by the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament) on 26 February 2013. The Bill got the assent of the President on 23 April 2013.The Act came into force from 9 December 2013. This brought in smiles on many faces those were suffering from sexual harassment at their work place.

Recovering from sexual harassment might be a bit complicated and at times it may even take a long time, but quitting and escaping out of the situation may turn the situation worst and the victim might never come out of that trauma. So fight for the justice and take the first step but filing a complaint. You must also talk about it to your colleagues and supervisors and also ask other women in your workplace about it, there is always a chance that you are not suffering such situations alone.

It’s a myth that male are more powerful, because power isn’t always mean physical power, power also means knowledge, if you are aware about your rights then you will never have to fear any situation.

 

Break your silence and fight for your justice!

 

Raneeta Pal

 

 

 

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