Just because our society refuses to acknowledge cases of sexual harassment of men does not mean it does not happen. Often a largely ignored issue, sexual assault of men is a reality which is brushed aside conveniently and considered a taboo. But, sadly it exists.

To highlight the same and in an attempt for a balanced gender-neutral take on sexual harassment in the country, the UGC has now made a provision for male students to file harassment complaints against men, women and transgenders, reported The Telegraph.

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As per the UGC (Prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment of women employees and students in higher educational institutions) Regulations notified in May 2016, sexual harassment is gender-neutral; male students are vulnerable to many forms of sexual harassment like their women and transgender counterparts.

These are basic facets of the news rules:

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This landmark move comes after UGC panel was notified that there were several instances of men facing sexual harassment, even in educational institutions. In 2007, two students had filed a complaint against a teacher of Ramjas college.

And these are the implications: