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Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:30:00 GMT

Sexual harassment

The pressure to furnish proof, the fear of fighting a superior, the likely impact on career and adverse publicity prevent women from reporting sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment (© Corbis)

Sexual harassment of women has existed for ages and cuts across societies.

In a society where a woman’s safety is her own responsibility, she has been ‘taught’ that she must dress modestly so that men are not ‘provoked’ and ‘ignore’ lewd comments. Sexual remarks or verbal sexual advances are hardly seen as acts of harassment. A woman who complains is accused of making a mountain out of a molehill, but this needs to change. Section 354 was added to the Indian Penal Code to protect women against sexual harassment but this is of little use till women don’t stand up for themselves and stop treating themselves as victims.

However, there are a few who have stood up for themselves. Channel V is taking those women as examples and sharing their story with you. Stay tuned on Channel V and watch out for Heroes: The Fightback Files.

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