A Sedate Harasser

A Sedate Harasser | PakistanTribeThe silence fashions greatness. But silence on heinous transgression could breed monsters and ultimately result in collapse of the whole civilization.

Patriarchy established countless sex segregation which secluded the female population of almost every civilization. The most common dogma of such seclusion was wrongfully derived from and added in religions. In post-enlightenment era, when religion failed to suppress masses, patriarchy started developing enlightened weaponry for modern world sex segregation by branding the weaker-sex alias women. But patriarchy itself remained unshaken.

Now call it negligence or compliance, feminism has always salvaged patriarchy by commoditizing women for sedate harassers sitting in serene offices of presumably splendid professions. A very little has been done to change the patterns of patriarchy. Major focus remained on the demand of becoming the part of existing pathetic culture.

However, so called legislation periodically appeared throughout these times in the name of protecting the weaker sex. Our law of land had one in 2010. It defined harassment as:

“Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or written communication or physical conduct of a sexual nature or sexually demeaning attitudes, causing interference with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, or the attempt to punish the complainant for refusal to comply to such a request or is made a condition for employment.”

No matter how high the protagonists of this legal act jump around but its paradoxical nature cannot be altered. In all its fancy vocabulary, this legal act solely deals with ‘what to do next’ when a sedate harasser has had his fun. The biggest lacuna or let it be called the warning for women has been euphemistically defined in a document that supposedly created as a defender. It says:

“The harassment usually occurs between colleagues when they are alone, therefore usually it is difficult to produce evidence. It is strongly recommended that staff should report an offensive behavior immediately to someone they trust, even if they do not wish to make a formal complaint at the time.”

So unless you have the eye witnesses to prove your claim, a sedate harasser would not cease his divine right to exercise patriarchy. Unless, of course, if someone tends to break the silence and stop creating the monsters.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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