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.
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:
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.