In one of the distinctive decisions made by higher authoritative bodies in India, now male students have unhesitatingly lodged complaint against men women and transgenders in the context of sexual harassment. A set of rules has established by University Grants Commission (UGC) which allows students to take action against the accused.
The respective body’s Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment regulations have provided solutions by making sexual harassment as gender neutral and not gender bias. Unfortunately by Law, only females can lodge FIR regarding sexual assault neglecting the fact that men might also face same situations or deal with unwanted moments on the daily basis. Particularly in public places, the crime rises with muting the victim or stay stunned even to react amid seconds. This particular step would help male students to raise their voice against ill treatments.
The initiative was taken into consideration when two male students lodged FIR against their lecturer in Ramjas College. In fact, similar cases have been shown up since 2007, but the law was made after the immense pressure of sudden demand as well as decisive action as per gender-based violence against male students and employees. Still being loop holes in the legislature at the national level, this particular step could set a primary example.
Implications of law have been put on the immediate response. Colleges and institutions who ignore the rules or do not follow the regulations may face cuts in funds or even face harder circumstances. All complaints ought to be reviewed within 90 Days whereas action took within 30 days of received or lodged FIR. Accused if found guilty would face rustication and in a case of Teachers and staff members may face termination from service on the lifetime basis.