Can gender related harassment be defined?Freinds,
Present society has entered into phase where gender harassment need to redefined. Broadly Vishaka Guidelines, Sexual harassment at work place (Prevention act ) 2013, IPC sections 374-377, POSCO act are the legal framework which protect victims at work. First the very definition of sexual harassment needs a thorough re look. With exception of POSCO act all other portray only female as victims and are not gender neutral. of course women are victims in 90% cases. But this needs to be looked from the changed circumstances too particularly in connection with recent Judgement on 377. There are terms like gender sensitivity, harassment and physical sexual offences which are very different in nature. Each offence has to be studied physiologically and must be understood the affect on victims. And the entire relationship between male female is getting more complex day by day. An act is offence because it is considered inappropriate by society or Individuals concerned? These questions need to be studied carefully and change is required to protect women particularly in the context of so called # Me too movement and other out pouring of girls. Friends are legal systems in our country adequate? Do they define the various gender crimes properly? And here as section 377 is changed. Under this circumstances does women centric laws are alone suffice to deal with?