Sex­ual ha­rass­ment

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SEHRISH ALI

Prob­lem of women sex­ual ha­rass­ment is in­creas­ingly com­ing out of closet. In Pak­istan 68% women get sex­u­ally ha­rassed and th­ese are only re­ported fig­ures, there are sev­eral other women who get ha­rassed ev­ery other day but, stay quiet due to the fear of bring­ing shame to fam­ily and not to for­get the fact that women are re­peat­edly told to stay quiet. Re­cently Karachi Univer­sity’s teacher filed a com­pli­ant against a male col­league for ha­rass­ing her. What KU’s teacher did is a brave act in coun­try like Pak­istan speak­ing out against sex­ual ha­rass­ment is taboo be­cause most of the women stay quiet be­cause they don’t want to be­come talk of town.

Most of peo­ple don’t even con­sider con­stant star­ing, in­ten­tional touch­ing, mak­ing ex­plicit re­marks as sex­ual ha­rass­ment and th­ese kinds of things of­ten hap­pen with women who travel in pub­lic trans­port, but women who work to feed their fam­i­lies are the most vul­ner­a­ble tar­get of mo­lesters. Con­tin­u­ously ask­ing gov­ern­ment to pro­tect women is use­less it is now our turn to stand up against it. Let’s stand up against one of the ma­jor loop­holes in our so­ci­ety. Women are of­ten con­sid­ered faulty cre­ation of God in our so­ci­ety. When some­one has three sons, peo­ple con­grat­u­late him and when one has three daugh­ters peo­ple see those par­ents with sym­pa­thy as if women are cre­ation of a lesser God. For the mil­lionth time we re­quest gov­ern­ment to take some se­ri­ous step in right di­rec­tion and kindly pro­tect women weather, it comes to hon­our killing or sex­ual ha­rass­ment. —Karachi

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